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In my Comic Box Recap article series, I want to talk about each of the comics that I read from my subscriptions that week. I don’t always read all the comics I order, because I’m only collecting some of them. Others are ones I may have started reading, but lost interest in but I still order them. You never know when you may want to go back and revisit a series at a later date.

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Marvel
Fantastic Four #6

Human Torch is full of witty comments, and apparently he knows how to use his wit to gain information from his enemies. I like that he’s different from the other members of the Fantastic Four and his humor is fun. I’m hoping Reed Richards isn’t as naive as he appears in this issue. Doom had planned for everything, even where the FF were going to ‘invade’ at. I like Doom’s over the top personality and I really like Doom’s herald, Victorious. If Doom is just using her, I hope it was all part of the plan and she’s in on it. If not, I’ll be a little disappointed. She’s very devoted and seems like she’d do whatever Doom told her, including sacrificing herself. Fantastic Four has been a great series so far and really fun to read. I definitely look forward to more!

Invaders #1

I don’t have much knowledge of the Invaders because I don’t like Captain America or Bucky, so I always avoided series with them in it. While this book was well written and interesting to read, it’s not really a book for me. That’s kind of disappointing too, since i was looking forward to it. And that disappointment is basically just me being disappointed in myself for not being more interested. The parts with Namor were the parts I liked the most and that’s probably because I really don’t like Captain America. I wasn’t expecting Machan to be a figment of Namor’s imagination, so that was a surprise when it was revealed.

I like how this book is focused on helping a war veteran overcome what’s happening to him, instead of him just being written off or destroyed. It sends a powerful message about our veterans.

I give credit to the team on this book for their excellent work. Just because I’m not digging a book, doesn’t mean it wasn’t done well. I will continue to get this title for a little while longer, to see if it changes topics to something I’m more interested in.

Absolute Comics Group
White Widow #1

Someone just splashed the 90’s all over the pages of this book. I’m not complaining about it at all, so don’t take it that way! There were great books in the 90’s! This book was an interesting read and the main character has a nice personality. She also looks like she has a combination of powers from Carnage, Lady Deathstrike, and Spider-Man, which is also kind of cool. This was a fun read, though I wouldn’t recommend it for folks like that don’t like obscenities, raunchiness, and cold-blooded murder. I liked plenty of the offbeat comic heroes in the 90’s and it’s so much fun to see a new one in that style!

I picked up this book on a whim, but I’m actually interested in the story going forward, so I’ll be picking up this series. I also wanted to mention, one of my fellow comic guys said that this book felt ‘thin’, like it didn’t have as many pages as other books. There are 24 pages (that’s counting front and back as two separate pages) of comic in this book and there are ZERO pages of ads. Most of the other books I read contain right at 20 pages of comic and about 6-8 pages of ads. White Widow had great content on all the pages and has the same cover price as those other books… but with more pages and zero ads…

IDW
My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights #4

I love the warm fuzzies I get from reading an MLP book. They’re full of inspiring moments of friendship and triumph, even if the victory is small. This was another good issue where the smaller achievements will help the heroes rise to glorious victory. Luna reminds Stygian that nobody can save him from himself – only he can decide to be a better pony. Daybreaker is starting to see the light, pun intended. And Tempest is showing her softer side, which is quite wonderful. I also don’t believe Capper has betrayed his friends. I think it’s part of bigger plan that he’s cooked up in his head, or maybe one he’s made with one of the other ponies. Eris could be on to them as well, since she was so suspicious of Tempest’s ‘new nightmares’ – or I could be looking too much into it. I guess I’ll have to wait until next month to find out!

Star Trek vs Transformers #4

This series is the most outrageous Star Trek comic series I’ve ever read – and I LOVE it! I love the over the top dramatics that you’d expect from TAS and an 80’s cartoon like Transformers. I can almost hear the dramatic ‘dun dun dun’ music on the last panel of the comic. When you hear the sound effects and music in your head while reading, you’re either insane, or you’re just really into what you’re reading. I’m almost certain it’s the latter for me. For someone with little-to-no background knowledge of Transformers, I’ve found myself genuinely enjoying those characters. This makes me want to dig up the old series from somewhere and actually watch it. Fortress Tiberius is absolutely ridiculous, but so cool at the same time. I can’t wait to see the crew of the Enterprise defend Kronos from Starscream with the help of the Transformers. It’s going to be an epic battle!

Conclusion

I liked Fantastic Four this week, but I was just a little disappointed that I didn’t like Invaders more. Like I mentioned, the book isn’t bad, just not what I like to read. I hope it switches gears or I’ll have to drop it. White Widow was a pleasant surprise and I look forward to more issues of that 90’s throwback, offbeat super hero style. I have yet to dislike an MLP book and Star Trek rarely disappoints. This was a good week and I feel like I got my money’s worth on every book in my box, including Invaders.

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In my Comic Box Recap article series, I want to talk about each of the comics that I read from my subscriptions that week. I don’t always read all the comics I order, because I’m only collecting some of them. Others are ones I may have started reading, but lost interest in but I still order them. You never know when you may want to go back and revisit a series at a later date.

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Avengers #11

I love getting lost in super hero books. This issue was going great until the Brexit joke. That one speech bubble ruined my mood and I had to put this book down until I felt like picking it back up again. I literally just wrote about real world politics being in my SUPER HERO comics last week and how much I dislike it. Good job (sarcasm), Avengers writers – you are on my list of writers to be wary of if you’re on a super hero title.

Aside from the mention of Brexit, I liked just about everything else. Ursa Major eluded to something being up with Black Panther’s exclusion of US heroes from his summit, but I haven’t figured out why they were left out. I’m sure everyone who read the last issue already figured out that it was Squadron Supreme in Alaska. And oh my goodness! Phil Coulson has lost his mind! He’s not the Phil Coulson that I know and love from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I was definitely surprised to see that Thor is actually interested in Jen and not just She-Hulk. I’m so loving those two as a couple! And I thought Thor’s date idea in the Savage Land was a cute idea, so long as every date isn’t like that. There are so many things to like about this issue and it would have been an amazing issue, if not for the one speech bubble.

Doctor Strange: The Best Defense #1

I like these one shot books for The Best Defense. I only ordered Namor, Doctor Strange, and Defenders. Namor and Doctor Strange were great reads, and Defenders hasn’t come out yet. Leave it to Strange to think himself powerful enough to change the past. He may pull it off though, and I’m looking forward to seeing a reference to this book pop up later. It was definitely a good read and it was different from the current content.

Fantastic Four: Wedding Special #1

You can find three stories in this Wedding Special: (Invisible) Girls Gone Wild, Father Figure, and The Puppet Master’s Lament.

(Invisible) Girls Gone Wild
This was agonizing to read. I’m not a ‘partying’ type of person and to see so many great female characters acting so foolishly was an embarrassment. If it had been a group of male super heroes and they did the things the women did in this book, there would be an uproar across every social media outlet. But I guess it’s just the girls having some fun… Give me a break! If you hold one gender to a certain standard, then all genders should be held to the same standard.

There was a message at the very end, and I’m surprised I made it to the end of the story. It felt like the story dragged on and I had a hard time reading it. I really didn’t like Medusa’s comment about Johnny Storm either. It was a little demeaning, rude, and unnecessary. I’m disappointed in this offensive portrayal of these women in this contribution to the Wedding Special, and also in the editors for including it.

Father Figure
This story was far too short. I would love to have read several more pages. I like the twist at the end and since I don’t know much about Fantastic Four or the characters around them, it was a surprise to see Alicia with the puppet of Puppet Master. I haven’t been able to find anything about her having powers like her stepfather, so this is either an interesting plot twist coming up in the future or just a fun mini story that has no affect on the current continuity. It was still a good story that deserved to have a few more pages than what it got.

The Puppet Master’s Lament
I learned a little about Alicia’s history in this story. There were only three pages, so there isn’t much to say about it. It was a fun little strip that made me a chuckle a few times. It was a fun way to close out the Wedding Special.

Overall, the best thing about this issue is the variant cover art with She-Hulk. I didn’t really enjoy reading this issue enough to read it again and that’s seriously disappointing.

IDW
My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights #5

This issue shows just how great Luna is as a leader and an inspiration. She is able to keep everyone focused and on track, even though it means some of her friends are going sacrifice themselves. It’s all for the greater good and if Luna gets her power back, there’s a greater chance of her saving them. This is one of the few times I don’t want to see the villains reformed. I’m sure Daybreaker will be restored as that world’s Celestia, but I don’t want to see Eris reformed. She’s truly a nasty villain and I want to see her stay that way. You can’t fix everything and you can’t make everyone do the right thing. There need to be recurring villains, not just new ones all the time. I want to see Eris show up in Equestria prime (main universe for MLP:FiM). I like Eris a lot because she’s basically Discord, but with a major attitude problem and delusions of grandeur. I can’t wait for the next issue to see how Capper and Stygian get out of this trap they just walked into!

Star Trek: Waypoint Special #1

This issue has several short stories in it: Only You Can Save Yourself, Consider Eternity, My Human Is Not, and Histories.

Only You Can Save Yourself
There are a lot of Star Trek fans that give Ezri Dax a hard time. Recently, Mr. DDK and rewatched DS9 and when that unfortunate day came, we cried for the loss of Jadzia. Nicole de Boer was not given ample time to develop Ezri on screen. Ezri Dax was not a replacement for Jadzia Dax. She was her own character and fans were cruel. This story in this anthology made me cry. Ezri could have been such a great character if given the development time she deserved.

In this story, Ezri was smart and drew on the knowledge of past hosts, even Joran, which I thought was locked away but apparently isn’t. I cried so hard when Jadzia manifests and gives Ezri the confidence boost that she needs. What a beautiful panel that was. Dave Baker, I love you for writing this and I thank you for it. It proves that I have been right all along – Ezri is her own woman and deserved better than what she was given.

Consider Eternity
I think this was a fun creative way to show what happened to Will Decker and Ilia after the events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. I always figured they bumped into a Q, but it’s fun to think about them crossing paths with the Q. I love the reference to TNG too, when Q sees the Enterprise-D and Picard and then throws on his Judge outfit. It was a great story – well written and entertaining.

My Human Is Not
This is wonderful story from the perspective of Data’s cat, Spot. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. I thought the imposter was Mirror Data and not Lore, but that’s probably because I’ve been reading Terra Incognita. It was a nice surprise for me! Data showing concern for Spot was very ‘human’ of him. It was such a delightful story that I read it several times.

Histories
This story was a great lesson for mankind, “don’t change history.” There are terrible things in our history, but if we erase them or rewrite them, future generations can’t learn from them. Writing the narrative to say what you want it to say is not going to help anyone. This poor alien was exiled for speaking the truth and speaking out against society and their view of how things happened in the past. Our society will not be a better place if we rewrite any of our history, good or bad.

Overall, the stories in this book were fantastic and exactly what I would expect from Star Trek. I’ve already read this book a few times and some of the stories more than others.

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Outer Darkness #2

This book is crazy. So is Rigg. He’s also a genius, but I think genius and crazy go hand in hand. His plan to test the crew’s aptitude by flying into a dangerous area is definitely crazy and reckless, but also genius. What better way to be sure your crew has what it takes than to put them smack in the middle of an intense situation. That doesn’t make what he did, right. It wasn’t until after the danger has passed and Rigg starts watching his senior staff members’ reactions, that I realized he was doing more than testing the crew’s ability in a dire situation. I applauded Baxter for punching him in the face and also Reno for standing up to Rigg. Like them, I think what he did was wrong. When I saw Satalis and Prakash arguing with each other instead of chastising Rigg for his recklessness, I knew this was likely his main goal. Rigg and Agwe were discussing how he was trying to assess who might be a problem in the senior staff. It was very reckless and it got him quick results, but I’m sure there was a better way to go about it.

I’m loving this book so much. It’s like I’m reading a ‘Reckless Rejects of Starfleet’ type comic. I love Afu Chan’s artwork in this book. It’s almost like watching stills for a movie, which sounds weird, but it’s true! So, when this series is over, I hope someone considers making it into a movie. It would be so great! John Layman does an awesome job with writing the story too. Once I finished the book, I was sad that there wasn’t anymore to read. I will patiently await the arrival of issue three.

Conclusion

The only Marvel title I was completely happy with this week was the Doctor Strange one-shot. The other two had their problems and it’s more than enough to prevent me from picking either of those issues back up to read a second time. As for IDW and Image, they were the love of my reads this week! Star Trek, MLP, and the very vulgar and obscene Outer Darkness. I love how different Outer Darkness is from the rest of my reads, but it’s not a book for everyone. The language and content are vulgar, so parents should be aware of that if they have children asking about this title.

Warning – Rant Incoming
You can skip this last paragraph if you don’t want to read about me ranting about real world political/religious topics in super hero comics.

As a final note, I want to further clarify this view I have about real world politics/religion in mainstream super hero books. It was pointed out to me by an anonymous person on the internet, that I’m a hypocrite and anti-American. The basis of their argument is that Captain America was created to rally Americans against the Nazis and his whole existence is based on real world politics. I’m not sure how that makes ME a hypocrite because I never once said that I loved Captain America comics. I actually can’t stand Captain America and that’s why I never read Avengers. I didn’t want to have Captain America shoved in my face at every turn of the page. This new Avengers team is lead by Black Panther – not Captain America. My dislike of Captain America also doesn’t make me anti-American and my enjoyment of the new Avengers book doesn’t make me a hypocrite. It actually reinforces what I said about disliking real world political/religious topics in my super hero comics because Captain America isn’t the leader of the team and I’m happy about it! This week, when Captain Britain mentioned Brexit, I really wanted to crumple the book and throw it in the trash. I get so tired of being bogged down with real world crap and I really want an escape from it. If Avengers can’t keep the real world references out of its pages, then I’m dropping it. That goes for any of the super hero titles that I read, not just Avengers. I hope I emphasize this enough, I don’t read mainstream super hero titles that involve real world political/religious topics in their stories.

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

In my Comic Box Recap article series, I want to talk about each of the comics that I read from my subscriptions that week. I don’t always read all the comics I order, because I’m only collecting some of them. Others are ones I may have started reading, but lost interest in but I still order them. You never know when you may want to go back and revisit a series at a later date.

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Doctor Strange #8

So, the whole fight against Casey and Mordo isn’t what I was most interested to read about in this issue. The fight was great and Kanna came rushing in to save the day with Bats at her side. That’s exactly what I wanted to see! Doctor Strange saves Casey, kind of, and I’m glad the weight of his failure to initially save her was lifted. But then, there is the other part of the story that completely overshadows all of this, at least for me. It’s not a ‘bad’ kind of overshadowing – it’s a character building and important kind.

I had completely forgotten about the whole ‘memory wipe’ incident until Bats so kindly reminded me and Kanna! I was screaming – almost literally. I love Bats, and this wasn’t his fault. He shouldn’t have to keep Doctor Strange’s secrets and this was completely Doctor Strange’s fault. I remember what I thought when that whole situation happened – this is bad and won’t end well. Well, it didn’t. Kanna finished her work and then rushed in to save the day, but once it was all done, she called him out. She stood her ground and didn’t accept any of his excuses. I admire her for that, but at the same time, I was heartbroken when she walked away. I want to slap Doctor Strange for just standing there and slowly closing the door as she left. He’s an idiot!

But I still love the character and he’s still one of my absolute favorites – and it’s because he’s not perfect. Flawed characters have the best character.

IDW
My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights #2

I always look forward to the lighthearted books on my list. The MLP books are perfect for younger readers and MLP enthusiasts alike. I love the team of Nightmare Knights that have been assembled to invade Eris’ casino-castle and their alter egos are great! It’s great to see stories that expand and connect characters in a large world like the MLP universe. These characters wouldn’t normally have connected with each other if not for the need of their individual talents for this mission.

I also enjoy seeing the backstories of individual characters being expanded on. Tempest’s childhood friend, Glitter Drops, is a green-ish colored foal that you see in the flashback Tempest has while singing ‘Open Up Your Eyes’ in My Little Pony: The Movie. Another reason I enjoy backstories as much as I do, is because I often find inconsistencies with continuity and it makes me dig for reasons for the inconsistencies. In this case, Glitter Drop’s magic in the flashback is yellow in color. In this comic issue, it’s light blue with a purple tint. Now, trying to figure out why her magic is different led me down the rabbit hole of speculation and pony theory. There is no ‘official’ explanation for the color changes in magic auras and I won’t go into the fan theories and speculation here. I wish they would explain it officially, but I doubt that will happen.

Conclusion

Both my books were entertaining and enjoyable. I had an emotional roller coaster with Doctor Strange and Kanna, and a feeling of comradery with the reformed villains in the MLP book. Now I have to wait a whole week for more comics…

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

In my Comic Box Recap article series, I want to talk about each of the comics that I read from my subscriptions that week. I don’t always read all the comics I order, because I’m only collecting some of them. Others are ones I may have started reading, but lost interest in but I still order them. You never know when you may want to go back and revisit a series at a later date.

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel Comics
Avengers #9

This issue is full of economic messages; one being don’t pollute the ocean. But instead of a friendly Captain Planet type person to give you a slap on the wrist, you’ll face the wrath of Namor and be eaten by sharks or drowned in your jail cell. Namor is a seriously bad dude and you do not want to mess with him. The Avengers went toe-to-toe with him – ALL of the current Avengers. They didn’t scratch him and the only thing that made Namor stand down was Steve Rogers. He didn’t stand down because he felt out matched. He stopped fighting because he and Steve have past and he wanted to give Steve a chance to talk. I absolutely feel that the Avengers were wrong for taking the prisoners from Namor. Namor has a right to see justice done, by his people and their laws, for his people that were slaughtered. I’m totally on his side in this. When diplomacy fails, we’re forced to defend ourselves by taking up arms. I definitely feel like Namor overreacted with Stingray, by beating the daylights out of him and then letting the sharks eat him…

All of that crazy bit aside, it doesn’t appear that Namor is planning to invade, which I think is a good move on his part. I have always believed that you keep and protect what’s yours. You shouldn’t go looking for trouble and don’t be a menace to your neighbors.

“No more armies hitting the beach. No more invasions. Let the Air-Breathers have their mounds of dirt and blackened skies. We fight for the seas, and those who call them home.”
~ Namor

“The surface world has their Avengers. Now we have the Defenders of the Deep.”
~ Namor

And oh my, those beasties behind him that he calls the Defenders of the Deep are very menacing. I know one is Tiger Shark, but I have no clue who the others are. Poor Stingray… he could have been one too. I really hope Marvel actually does something with this group of sea-beasties, because I would absolutely buy that book.

There was just one other part that stuck with me, and that was when Ghost Rider drove his car out of the giant whale-sea monster thing. He yells out, ” Wahoooo! Just call me the Human Habanero!” I think I found that funnier than it should have been, but I laughed for a good bit over that. I still chuckle over it when I think about it. #HumanHabanero

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #25

There are too many problems with this final issue of Scarlet Spider and I’m very upset about it. The first is the change of interior artists for the last two issues. The art is not appealing to me at all and it’s hard to follow what’s going on in some of the panels. For example, is Ben walking along the side of the wall or did he fall to the ground in those final panels? I can’t tell…

Another issue is how painfully predictable the story was. I called it (and probably loads of other folks did too) – Abigail is a celestial being thing and she saved him. Super predictable. But, why was Mysterio’s daughter there?! I know she was a weird thing with glowing eyes at the end of issue 19, but seriously? What a let down. And what was up with dude stabbing Kaine with his girlfriend’s mechanical arm? Like, was that Gabriel? It was difficult to follow.

Ben is not a villain. I’m fairly certain that Death meant something different when she said he’d be evil if he was brought back again (issue seven). But a celestial being brought Ben back, after events that were staged by Mephisto. Even Abigail said it – Mephisto “circumvented the natural order of things.” So, why would he be evil, with a shattered soul, if things were put back on track? Sorry – not buying it.

I’m very disappointed in this finale. I have lots of questions for Peter David if I ever get a chance to meet him.

Infinity Wars #4

I’m starting to get déjà vu with this story. It may not be exactly the same as the stories that came before it, but I think I know how the rest of this goes. Gamora fights with the big hero/anti-hero dudes. Loki somehow screws over his ‘team’ that he assembled. But in the end, a victory is achieved by one of the following: diplomacy, by trapping Gamora, or by removing the Mad Titan from her subconscious. And then all will be restored with minuscule changes to the universe. I want to be wrong about this, and so I’ll continue to read this title in hopes of seeing a different outcome. The story started off great, but I didn’t care for this issue and I’m starting to feel the boredom set in.

IDW
My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights #1

If it’s one thing I love seeing, it’s references to things in previous episodes, movies, and comics within a particular IP. In this issue, there are tons of villains in the background images and the Staff of Sacanas reappears! These villains and the staff are all residents (presumably) of this ‘mirror’ universe. I love the Star Trek reference there, whether it was intentional or not. Luna and Stygian literally walk through a mirror to enter this universe. It’s not the first time within the My Little Pony universe that you see a mirror portal to a parallel universe. Equestria Girls makes use of a mirror portal and it’s used in previous comics as well. Starswirl actually makes several mirror portals that lead to many different universes.

But in this issue, Luna is on a mission to save the parallel Celestia (currently corrupted into Daybreaker) from the parallel Pony of Shadows. Or at least, that’s who they think they’re going to encounter. There’s one thing I’ve learned from mirror universe stories and that is, it’s always a bad idea to go to a mirror universe. This was no exception. I was expecting the Pony of Shadows and was surprised to see Discord has a cousin named Eris, who is this world’s Lord of Chaos. Eris steals Luna’s powers and stores them in what looks like an orb. Eris is going to auction the orb off to the highest bidder in her villain casino thing. Whoever wins that orb is going to have control over the moon and to invade the dreams of others, and Eris is anticipating lots of chaos as a result.

Stygian rescues Luna from Eris and they return to their Equestria. They decide to form a team to rescue this ‘mirror’ universe from chaos, but they can’t bring heroes. They’re gonna need villains to get passed the ‘Goodie Two Shoes’ sensor at the door. I immediately thought of Tempest, since the Staff of Sacanas is being used in this story. Then I saw the cover for issue two and behold – Tempest, Trixie, and Capper. I’m super excited for the next issue!

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Unnatural #4

This is one series that hasn’t let me down at all. Mirka Andolfo keeps me guessing all the time with how this story is going to play out. I was really hoping Trish wasn’t dead, but it appears that she is, and now Derek is dead too! This crazy cult thing that follows Glance, is most definitely full of bad folks. Glance seems kind of nasty too, but at least he looks cool. I would be shocked if they were the ‘good guys’ in all of this. And I was fairly certain that her dreams were going to turn super dark, but I had no clue they would turn out to be memories. I didn’t expect that big bad wolf to be bound to her soul either. That was a nice twist that I didn’t see coming and it makes me wonder about Glance and his cult. Are they actually trying to hurt Leslie or the wolf dude? I bet they’re trying to restore that big bad wolf, which means they’re probably going to hurt Leslie.

I also had a feeling there was a big white wolf under that hoodie. I’m wondering just how much of an ally this wolf actually is. One thing is for certain, Leslie needs a friend, but I’m wondering if he’s going to be the friend she needs. She’s looking at possible murder charges for Trish and I bet Glance is going to frame her for Derek too. Oh my goodness… I don’t want to wait! I want to read the next issue, now!

Conclusion

So, two misses for me this week. I don’t mind predictable, except when it’s like Scarlet Spider was and how I’m afraid Infinity Wars is going to be. But at least I had Avengers, My Little Pony, and Unnatural to pick up the slack this week. Those are all great books, with their own strengths. They all target a different audience too, so I got a nice variety of unique stories and content with those three books. I know I always say this, but honestly, I can’t wait to see what’s coming in next week. I enjoy telling you – the reader – what I think about the books I read, and I hope that folks find something useful or entertaining from it.

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

In my Comic Box Recap article series, I want to talk about each of the comics that I read from my subscriptions that week. I don’t always read all the comics I order, because I’m only collecting some of them. Others are ones I may have started reading, but lost interest in but I still order them. You never know when you may want to go back and revisit a series at a later date.

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
DC
Batgirl #27

When we left Babs, she had collapsed at her father’s precinct. She was foaming at the mouth and not responsive. We start this issue with her being rushed to Gotham General Hospital while she’s having what appears to be a seizure. She does come out of it, but she’s lost her eidetic memory and that makes me very sad. While it doesn’t define her, it definitely plays a big part in helping her solve crimes. I hope her eidetic memory returns once she fixes her implant, but she’s definitely not thinking clearly right now. She needs to rest and recover, but instead, she’s out swinging around Gotham in an old ‘prototype’ costume.

I have to say, that ‘prototype’ looks so cool! I really like that there isn’t a cowl and the tiny bat ears are perfect and so cute! The belt design looks like a bat and so do the tops of her boots and gloves – which is also perfect… and cute. This design is much simpler than her previous one, but there are also great details in the simplistic style. I absolutely love it!

But back to the story. She works extra hard, also using her stubbornness to her advantage, and she finds what she thinks is a lead. I had never heard of Grotesque until a few issues ago when he popped up, and I was surprised to see the guy (supposed to be Grotesque) she was tracking was actually stuffed in the refrigerator. I have no clue who Grotesque could possibly be at this point – not that I had a clue before. But I’m not surprised that whoever he is, he’s framing Batgirl for the death of Phillipe. I’m surprised that she went back into that apartment (through the window, again) before assessing the approximate amount of time that had passed since she fell into that dumpster. She’s getting sloppy and now it has got her in a potentially bad situation. If she has another seizure or episode because of her implant, she’s definitely in serious trouble! The cops will take her in and then Gordon is going to be under fire while chaos is unleashed. Well, maybe. She’ll likely back out of the window and zip off before so she ends up having another seizure on a random rooftop or down an alley somewhere. I hope she makes it home first, but I don’t think that’ll be the case.

Marvel Comics
Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #24

This issue was mostly one large fight scene between Ben and Kaine, thanks to Mephisto and his shenanigans in the previous issue. Ben does try a diplomatic solution, but only after he fights off the urge to rip Kaine’s head clean off his body. Ben tries to jog Kaine’s memory by telling him what Mephisto did, altering his memories and all. Kaine ‘remembers’, but it’s a ploy and shame on Ben for not realizing it sooner. Kaine eventually gets a gun by disarming a cop and aims to shoot Ben, but Cassandra is coming at Ben from the opposite direction and that puts Ben in a nasty spot. Let Cassandra die, or take the bullets and she lives? Ben does what a true hero would and pushes Cassandra out of the way, only to be shot multiple times. Kaine and Cassandra are standing over his bullet riddled body as we are left wondering, when is this silliness all going to end? The one notable incident that doesn’t involve a spider or someone trying to kill a spider, is when Abigail’s body vanishes from her bed. We all know it’s got something to do with that celestial blood. I’m predicting Abigail comes back to life and brings Ben back to life too, since he’s a hero and saved her mother from being shot to death. Overall, this issue was entertaining and I enjoyed all the witty banter from Ben.

IDW
My Little Pony: Ponyville Mysteries #5

This miniseries was really cute and are great comics for children. The Cutie Mark Crusader Super Sleuths always seem to have a mystery fall into their laps. This time, someone has done something pretty horrible. They’ve stolen a priceless treasure that belongs to Songbird Serenade. The Super Sleuths are on the case and they set out to find the culprit. They have a more difficult time with this case than they have with previous cases, and even get tied up by a stranger in their own clubhouse. But they never give up and they eventually solve the case. They expose the culprit right in front of Songbird Serenade and Rarity. Everyone also finds out that the priceless Abyssinia Albatross is actually a fake. Songbird Serenade said her Great Grandpony won it for her at a carnival when Songbird Serenade was a filly. This is shocking news to everypony, including me! I wasn’t expecting a twist like that!

There are great lessons to learn in this issue; never give up – even if your task seems impossible, trust in your friends and family, trust your instincts, don’t steal, and never trust a thief – just to name a few. Out of all the comics on my reading list, the My Little Pony series are the best ones for children. I recommend parents check into these if their children are fans and are interested in comics.

Star Trek vs Transformers #1

Everyone who knows me, knows how much I love Star Trek – practically anything Star Trek – and how much I know about Star Trek. I am unfortunately not versed in any Transformers lore – other than Optimus Prime is the 18 wheeler, Megatron is the silver and purple bad guy, Starscream is a jet of some kind, and Bumblebee is yellow and black. Also, the good guys are called Autobots, the bad guys are called Decepticons, and they can all changed from a robot to something mechanically inclined and back to a robot. That’s about all I know. Oh, and I know their catch phrases, ‘Robots in disguise,’ and ‘More than meets the eye.’ Thank you, 80’s TV toy commercials.

But even with my serious lack of Transformers knowledge, I absolutely loved this book! I wasn’t sure how they were going to mix these two IPs, but so far, it’s working great. I love how the Decepticons just kind of fall in with the Klingons, but Kirk and crew are having a hard time with the Autobots. That fits with everything I know about Kirk and crew and how they’re not the most accepting when it comes to sentient robots of any kind. Most of the robots that Kirk and crew encounter in TOS/TAS are destroyed before they try a diplomatic solution and that almost happens here too. Kirk shoots Optimus Prime in the chest window with his phaser! Optimus Prime is completely unconscious. Now, I want to know if it was set to stun or a higher setting. I find it hard to believe that a stun from a Kirk era phaser could stun Optimus Prime to the point of unconsciousness.

One thing I noticed, and didn’t like, was when M’Ress made a suggestion to Kirk and he ignored her, completely! He didn’t even acknowledge that she said anything to him. That actually irritates me quite a bit. It’s rude, even for Kirk.

But rudeness aside, reading this made me feel like I was watching a crossover cartoon for Star Trek TAS and 80’s Transformers. I wasn’t sure I was going to like this series, but I am definitely enjoying it and looking forward to the next issues.

Conclusion

I enjoyed all four of my books this week. My favorite was definitely the Star Trek vs Transformers book, but they were all enjoyable and they all had their moment to shine for me this week. I love weeks like this where each book is a joy to read and this is what I want each week to be like. If you like Transformers, but you’re not sure about Star Trek, give that book a chance. You might find it entertaining, like I did. I can’t wait for more issues of that series, more Batgirl, and hopefully a conclusion to all this mess in Scarlet Spider. I’m looking forward to next week and what goodies I have in my subscription box!

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

In my Comic Box Recap article series, I want to talk about each of the comics that I read from my subscriptions that week. I don’t always read all the comics I order, because I’m only collecting some of them. Others are ones I may have started reading, but lost interest in but I still order them. You never know when you may want to go back and revisit a series at a later date.

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Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
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Batgirl Annual #2

This annual was super dark and I loved it! There were several surprises in it too, like I was not aware that Babs has a brother or that he’s a serial killer. My knowledge of DC characters’ backgrounds is very limited, so anything that’s not frequently mentioned is always a surprise. This annual is so well written and the art is very dark and gritty for a Batgirl comic. I do like seeing the darker side of Batgirl, so long as Babs only visits it and doesn’t make it permanent residence. Bruce is dark and Kate is my dark bat, so I appreciate the lighter side that Babs brings most of the time.

I love the twist revealed when Batgirl tracks down the serial killer and it’s a woman that was sought out by James (Babs’s brother), and not the other way around. I also like his comment about how Babs was smiling during the horror movie. It’s a twisted and skewed view from a warped mind. I love horror movies and I smile at various parts that most think I probably shouldn’t, but I’m smiling at the special effects or how a particular scene was shot – not because I’m a serial killer. Perspective is everything. I don’t think Babs has a side that dark, but she does have limits and when she’s finally pushed too far, she could do something that she’ll regret. That’s a natural human trait and we all have our limits.

I highly recommend folks pick up this annual, even if you don’t read Batgirl regularly. It’s very well written and very thought provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Batgirl #26

This issue of Batgirl was almost everything I want in a Batgirl comic. There wasn’t as much detective work, but that’s likely because there was lots of action. This Grotesque villain seems really dark – almost too dark for what I imagine Batgirl villains to be. But it’s good to have really dark and scary villains for the lighter heroes on occasion. I thought Batgirl was down for the count when Grotesque hit her with that electric zappy pole thing. And I’m still not completely sure she was awake for most of the comic after that point. Part of me thinks this is all going to be a hallucination brought on by her chip malfunctioning or some kind of fear toxin induced daydream. She blacked out and can’t remember parts of her fight with Grotesque – she can’t remember the room she fought him in. Then, there is her collapsing at the end of the issue. This all smells fishy to me, or I’m just reading too much into it.

I definitely enjoyed this issue and look forward to the next.

Marvel Comics
New Mutants: Dead Souls #6

I have very little knowledge about the New Mutants and thought this mini series would be a good read for me. I was partly wrong and I was kinda lost. I had to go look up characters to see who they were and how they related to the current story. I guess I was looking for a more introductory type story for someone like me who has limited knowledge about those characters. I imagine that fans of the New Mutants may have enjoyed this series. The story itself was enough to keep me reading the book, even with my limited character knowledge. It was also enough to prompt me to look into who all the characters were, where normally, I’d have dropped the book and moved on. I like several of the characters from the series and I hope they haven’t all been assimilated permanently by that techno Warlock dude. If there were another New Mutants series, I’d most likely pick it up, even if I have to research characters to understand what’s going on.

IDW
Ponyville Mysteries #4

I love the Ponyville Mysteries series, and I’m not even the biggest Cutie Mark Crusader fan. The stories are cute and fun to read, and definitely for kids. The outcome of each mystery is very predictable, but I think that’s what I like about it. It’s easy enough to understand and I can read these comics to my toddler and she enjoys them as well. She’s only three, but she tries her best to help point things out. In this issue, she was able to put together that the pipe made Apple Bloom sad and all the ponies were angry with Apple Jack. She was even able to follow the story enough to understand that the pipe was put there by Flim and Flam. The artist does a great job of enhancing the story with the background and the background characters. I always look forward to any of the MLP series because they’re all great comics for kids, and for anyone that wants to read something light and fun.

Conclusion

Even though the New Mutants series had me confused and probably made me work more than anyone should at reading a comic, I still enjoyed the series enough to look more into the characters and possibly read future New Mutants titles. Batgirl was just awesome this week and I’m never disappointed with My Little Pony titles. I look forward to what’s in my box next and I hope you all have as much fun and enjoy your comics as much as I enjoy mine.

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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

I’ve been dying for a My Little Pony Dice Masters set. It’s an IP that I’m fairly certain WizKids won’t ever use for Dice Masters, though I could be wrong (I hope I’m wrong). I would love to see WizKids acquire the licensing to do a set based off the new Friendship is Magic series as well as the Equestria Girls movies. Believe it or not – those movies are canon and actually really good.

But since I’m almost completely certain that there will never be an official MLP:FiM Dice Masters set, I decided to make my own. I sat down with my TMNT Donnie notebook, pencil in one hand, Netflix controller in the other and started up the first episode. I began writing character names, subtitles, ideas for abilities, energy types, etc as fast I could. By the end of my season one binge, I had a huge list of characters and not enough room in a Box Set – so it became a full collectible set with 124 cards, 10 of which are Basic Action Cards.

My next order of business was to flesh out the character abilities for each version of all the characters. I had to carefully balance certain buffing abilities with keywords, while trying to stay true to each character thematically. Once I had the abilities rough draft worked out, I began working up the stats for each character. That was the easy part! I even created several new affiliations, and threw in Villains for good measure.

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After all my pen and paper work was done, I hopped on my laptop and opened that fresh Excel spreadsheet and began charting my set on tables. Throughout the entire process, abilities were changes, removed, tweaked, and checked for language and typos.

As soon as I felt like my spreadsheet was done, it was time to find card images! I went to my desktop, jump drive in hand, and pulled up Netflix again. I made my folder for character images and then took a screen shot of everything that looked like it would make for a good card image.

Once the card images were done, I began work on the dice icons. This was the hardest and most time consuming of the whole project, at least for me. I’m more of a writer than an artist. I paint pictures with my words, not with a paint brush in my hands. I did the best job I could with a program that I had never heard of until I started this project. GIMP is a user friendly program that my friend Lauren showed me. (Hi Lauren!) But I still needed to put the cards together, in a template of some kind.

If you haven’t seen this awesome gadget that the folks from DM Retrobox have made, you have to check it out! It’s a Card Generator! Paul (PK2317) from The Reserve Pool showed this glorious creation to me. I have to give him huge thanks for that, because if he hadn’t pointed me in that direction, I would still be trying to photoshop some of these cards. I also have to give super huge thanks to the folks at Retrobox for making that beautiful tool.

It saved me loads of time, but I did have to go in a create my own Crossover dice and purchase cost images because they don’t have that option on the generator yet. The affiliations would show up square through the generator too, so I photoshopped all of the affiliations onto the cards that have one. Such a little price to pay for all the time I saved. I am definitely not complaining!

When it was all said and done, from that first stroke of my pencil to the very last click of the save button, 71 hours worth of work was complete. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more proud or accomplished. I took the files to my local printing shop where a buddy of mine works, and had him print up two sets. My original plan was give a set to someone from WizKids while at Origins, as a token of my appreciation for all the work they do on Dice Masters. It was a labor of love that I wanted to share with them. But as bad luck would have it – I am no longer able to attend Origins.

So, I decided to go ahead and share my set on my Facebook, in hopes that they would someday see it and see how much I love this game! I love it so much that I spent 71 hours of my life creating a set that I will not profit from or gain anything from – other than joy.

This is definitely something I want to make clear, for legal reasons – I do not own My Little Pony (Hasbro does) and I most certainly do not own Dice Masters (WizKids/NECA). This is a tribute, proxy, fan made set and it is not legal for play in any official tournament. I had no collaboration with Hasbro or WizKids.

I also want to put this out there, for legal reasons – WizKids, if you find any part of any of these cards that you like and want to use, please do so without worry! I’d love to see a rare Frightening Cockatrice ability in Dice Masters – anywhere!

PK read through my set after I put it on my Facebook page, and gave me the best feedback ever (thanks again)! He was helping me improve the set by catching things I didn’t see, like wording on certain cards and typos that slid by me. There were only a couple of cards that needed some adjustment to their abilities, which tickled me Pinkie Pie to know the abilities were mostly okay across the whole set. I hope that everyone out there realizes that it takes a team of folks to do something like this. The set still isn’t perfect, but at least it’s awesome!

I want everyone out there that enjoys MLP and/or Dice Masters as much as I do to play with these cards and enjoy this set. I hope to make a set for each season and all the movies. Once I’m done with that, I might incorporate the comics, because they are canon to the MLP universe as well.

I’ve grouped the cards below by character for easier comparison viewing. Just click the thumbnail and you should be able to see a larger image.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season One

 

I can’t thank everyone enough for the support and love that everyone has shown me. I wish I could return it ten times over. I hope that others are inspired by this to make their own favorite IPs into a set – or if not a set, just a few cards. Thanks to Retrobox, we can live our IP Dice Masters dreams!

I’ve never loved a game enough to make a custom set and I’ve never loved a gaming community enough to share something like this with.

Friendship truly is magic.

Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

I’ve just had the greatest weekend of Dice Masters! I went to this WKO with the intention of playing a non-meta win condition and just having fun with it. I wanted to focus mainly on chatting with old friends, making new ones, and trying to make the experience fun for everyone. I hope that everyone else had as much fun as I did!

I also want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day! Spread the love!

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My Team

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You can find my team here, on DM Retrobox.

I changed my mind about Grodd – I’m a woman, and therefore change my mind frequently and for no reason at all sometimes. I had been test playing this team as well as Grodd and was really liking Grodd, but in the end, I’m glad I decided to play my competitive version of Gandhi instead.

This team earned a new nickname from a friend this weekend – Hugs. My win condition is Colossus. His ability allows each character die of level two or higher to deal two damage my opponent at the end of my turn. The idea was to field dudes and keep them there if possible and spin them with the Poly Global when I needed to. Poly was there as a potential purchase to help me get dudes into the field or get opposing dudes out of the field. Blink was a crucial piece to help me survive unblocked attackers or bring my taunted level 2-3 characters back to the field.

The rest of the pieces are either utility to help me get to Colossus or meta control pieces. Blue-Eyes and PXG were a must for Colossus to even get going. Elf Thief was an easy pick for the team because he costs two and if my opponent was using Rip Hunter’s Chalkboard Global, I could Rip a Thief on turn one for some early game momentum. Oracle was another easy choice. She is supposed to chill in the field and tax my opponent when they use a Global. Scarecrow was a card I added through test playing. I test played against Bard variants and decided that this Scarecrow was the best piece to add for what I thought would be a predominant piece on other teams. Cold Gun was a really easy choice over Dwarf Wizard. I’m so sorry, my poor DWiz… I loved you so, but in all my test playing with Mr. DDK, I ran into many problems with losing my DWiz to his Cold Gun and Imprisoned. I ultimately decided that an action die would give me more versatility than a character.

For my final card, I had a difficult time choosing. I didn’t know what to add to my team to help it or what I could add to slow my opponent to more my speed. There were a few options that I ran through. One of the options was RareCrow (Scarecrow: Hallucinogenic Vapors), but that would mean I would have to take off Scarecrow: Legion of Doom and I wasn’t willing to sacrifice him. Another option was Rip, just on the off chance my opponent didn’t bring it. There were loads of other options, but none of them seemed better than Rip. I don’t like Bard so he wasn’t even considered. I’m not a fan of Hellblazer, but I did consider him at one point. I decided to test play what I had, with Rip as my eighth card, against some Ring variants. I had way too much trouble with them, so I started digging for a possible response. Ronin came up as an option and I just wasn’t feeling the flow with him on my team. Then, like a glorious ray of sunshine, beaming through the clouds onto a field of pink and purple flowers, I remembered Lex Luthor.

I love my Grodd team and I want to play it in something big, but when the universe tells me to play something else, I listen. I always go with what I feel is right and Colossus just seemed right. I had test played both teams for a while and did all my adjusting to both teams while mulling over which to play. Grodd was a shiny new toy for me, but I’m glad I went with the team I first started working on.

Round One

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Lauren H. was my first round opponent. Apologies for the glare on that gorgeous full art Joker. When I sat down across from Lauren, I was so happy to see her playing a team with a rogue win condition. I have so much fun against fellow players that use something outside the box. Her team was really fast compared to mine, and before I knew it, Angels with Helicarriers were smacking me in the face for double their attack. I think the highlight of the match was seeing two unblockable level two-three Angels with Helicarriers flying at my face while Nick Fury was active. Each of those Angels would have hit me for twelve damage. And seeing her team function like that was amazing, and absolutely a highlight.

I only survived the aerial onslaught because of Blink, which allowed me to push both of her attackers back. I had an Oracle and a Scarecrow in the Field Zone with Colossus, and Scarecrow was stopping her lower level Angel from attacking. She had her Invulnerability Global to increase their attacks in order to get around Scarecrow, but I kept energy handy each turn for Blink. She had hit me for quite a bit with a couple of Angels before I got my Scarecrow in the Field, and if not for Blink, she would have very likely defeated me. She played an excellent game and I couldn’t have asked for a better opponent for my first round. Lauren is a beautiful person and really fun to play against. I hope to see her again at a future event! Many hugs to my new friend!

Record after Round One: 1-0-0

Round Two

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I got to play against Dennis B. in round two. I’ve seen him in the Facebook groups plenty and was excited to be playing against him! He was playing some characters that I’ve been tinkering with as well, Katana being one of them. I loved that he was using Superhero Registration Act – I think it’s a highly underrated card. But then I saw his Betrayal and Iron Fist. Both are not nice against my team. I wasn’t sure which way this match was going to go, but I was determined to have fun either way. Playing against someone as nice as Dennis, it’s easy to have fun and enjoy the match. I got super lucky and had really good rolls, while Mr. Dennis was not as lucky. He attacked me with Tsarina and Iron Fist, knocking my life down quite a bit, but then his characters weren’t being nice to him. I was able to get set up before he could get anything going for him. He needed to get a Hulk, or at the very least a Nightwing, to help clear my dudes out of my field.

I had fun, but it would have been more fun if his dice had been nice and rolled halfway decent for him. I get that it’s a dice game, but Tsarina is the meanest die out there. When she’s on a two fist side and I reroll her hoping for a character, she always comes back up as energy – usually a single fist. I watched that very thing happen to Mr. Dennis and I was heartbroken for him. I still enjoyed chatting with Mr. Dennis, who is super nice and a very good sport. I almost cry when Tsarina does that to me, but he took it in stride and pushed on in our match. He did the best he could with what his dice gave him. I really want to play against Mr. Dennis again one day because he’s such a pleasant person to chat and play with, which makes the game that much more fun.

Record after Round Two: 2-0-0

Round Three

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I faced off against Craig R. in round three. He was playing a Bard variant, which I knew I would have some trouble against. We both had average rolls, with the exception of his Imprisoned die. It did not want to roll up an action face for most of the game. I was able to slowly chip away at his life total with Colossus until he finally got his die to roll on the side he wanted. He then scooped up most of my field, leaving me with only two blockers against a Bard army. When he attacked, he wasn’t able to deal lethal damage to me, which returned my characters to me from Imprisoned. I was able to get my Colossus, Oracle, and Scarecrow back into the field and all of them were level two or higher. This put his life total at six. I realized I didn’t have enough Cold Gun dice to stop all the Bards he had and I thought I was done for because of the massive army that was going to be attacking me next turn. I had forgotten my Scarecrow had returned to the field which would prevent all of his characters from attacking. He had a Dwarf Wizard in the field that had my Oracle blanked. We were about to sign match slips when a spectator pointed out that he couldn’t legally attack and KO me if my Scarecrow wasn’t blanked. We realized our mistake and continued our match.

I felt like the most horrible person in the world at this point, and I told Craig that if he didn’t win, I was going to feel even worse. He used the energy he had in his Reserve Pool and KO’d his Wizard in an attempt to roll and blank Scarecrow on his next turn. He also had an Imprisoned die to roll that turn too. He had to get his Imprisoned die in order to secure his victory, but it didn’t roll for him. He could have used his Wizard, but I could use my Cold Gun when priority was passed to me and KO or blank the Wizard. I was not happy about this victory at all. I felt so awful about it, and I still feel a little bad about it – even now. Craig was a real gentleman and very polite about the situation which I know couldn’t have been easy for someone that was trying very hard to qualify for Nationals. We did get to play again later – which definitely was more fun.

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This was the army that was staring me in the face. It’s missing the Dwarf Wizard because this was taken after the match was officially over. I will discuss my opinion on Bard’s ability later, but all of these characters would have had a +12 to their attack and defense if those Bards had been able to attack.

I’m just glad that Craig did well and made it into the semi finals. He was a great player and I’m happy to have had the opportunity to play against him multiple times in this event.

Record after Round Three: 3-0-0

Round Four

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I was so very excited to play against my fourth round opponent and she tried to make me feel better about what happened in my previous round. I’ve had plenty of conversations in Facebook groups with Michaela K. I loved the episode of TRP’s podcast where she was interviewed and was also a guest host. I heard she was making the trek to Owensboro and I couldn’t wait to meet her! I was lucky enough to get to play against her, even though I knew exactly what was going to happen when I saw that she was playing Beholder. Beholder was the biggest weakness for both Colossus and my Grodd team because I couldn’t tech for Beholder on either team without compromising my team. But Michaela is a great player and pretty much as nice as I expected! Our match didn’t go very long before she blew me up with Beholder and Front Lined Kobolds and Sidekicks. I did what I could, but it wasn’t much. A slow control team like mine does not stand a chance without RareCrow or an action tech like End of Days or Oppression Begins. But I couldn’t risk swapping one Scarecrow for another and even though I lost to Michaela, I think I made the right call in the end. My Scarecrow was way more beneficial in my other matches than RareCrow would have been. I don’t mind losing to a player like Michaela, especially since she was playing such a strong team. I’m still super excited to have met her and I definitely can’t wait to meet up with her again at a future event. Even if we don’t get to play against each other at the next event we’re at, it’ll be awesome just to chat with her again!

Congratulations to Michaela on her Top Eight finish!

She has her tournament report up on The Reserve Pool, which you can find, here. I love seeing multiple reports from the same event because it gives players a multi-perspective view of a single event. Please be sure to check out her article as well. I always enjoy reading her work.

Record after Round Three: 3-1-0

Round Five

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Something pretty amazing happened in the fifth round. I got paired against the same fifth round opponent that I had last year! Josh K. is a super cool guy with a really nifty playmat. Josh and I had fun last year and this year was more fun. I was happy to see him playing another rogue team this year, and that Bard is not the nasty Bard, it’s Half-Elf Bard: Apprentice Order of the Gauntlet. Travis (Mr. DDK) and I like this particular version of Bard, so to see someone playing it at an event of this level made me very happy. It was even more awesome that Josh was playing it! He has a way with rogue teams and if you aren’t careful, he can have you KO’d before you know it. I was being careful and he still Magic Missiled me and attacked me Angels enough that before I knew it, I was at three life! Scarecrow saved me a lot in this game by keeping level one Angels from attacking me. I was using Polymorph to swap his level two-three Angels out with other Angel dice, putting them in at level one. He used his Enrage Global to boost their attack so he could attack with them. Poly-Global is great to use with Elf Thief dice and then feed them to Blue-Eyes, or attack with them, just to see if they get through. This was the only match that I remember attacking in, and if I hadn’t attacked those few times, the outcome would have definitely been different. Luck was on my side again in this match. He had rolled all three Magic Missile dice, got two of them on an action face, but he needed all three of them to secure a victory. With me at next-to-no life, and him sitting in single digits as well, I only needed to end my next turn. Using Poly Global on Thief dice and then cycling them is what helped me get my lower level characters up to Colossus range. I even used Poly Global on my level three Colossus to spin another level one character up, just to push that additional two damage. I ran the risk of him being easier to KO by doing that, but it was the right call.

I was so excited to see Josh and the other players from Indianapolis. They are a great bunch of folks and they’re always fun to play with. I look forward to playing against Josh again in the future and I can’t wait to see what uniquely awesome team he brings nest time!

Congratulations to Josh on his Top Eight finish! Josh finished Top Eight last year as well at Owensboro. I’m rooting for him to finish Top Four or better next year!

Record after Round Three: 4-1-0
Top Eight Seed – 3rd

Top Eight

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I couldn’t have been happier to see that Craig and I would be playing each other in our top eight match. I really wanted to play against him again, and we took special care to pay attention to all of our dice in these matches – lesson learned! I had some pretty terrible rolls, but Craig’s Imprisoned die continued to roll bad. His victories were relatively quick, even with the bad rolls on both sides. I couldn’t keep a character in the Field after he got one of his Imprisoned dice to roll an action face, which left me completely vulnerable to attack. His Bards made quick work of me in both games. We had much more fun in these matches. It didn’t feel as stressful and we just cut up with each other most of the time as we were more carefree and just happy to be in top eight. We both earned our foil, alt-art The Front Line and foil Big Entrance from making it to the top eight. The Big Entrance was the one card that I wanted really bad from this event because I use Big Entrance on lots of my teams.

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I was so very proud of my team for doing so well for me. I was so very proud of Craig too, because he was trying so hard to get his Nationals qualification. There were going to be three qualifications given out from this event, meaning three of the top four players would qualify. As the matches around us finished, we realized that one of the top four already had his qualification, meaning all of top four would be qualified for Nationals! This was super exciting and I was so very happy for Craig. He fought his way up and earned his qualification.

It was a pleasure to play against Craig, and I’m so glad that he got his qualification from this event. He finished in the Top Four and I know how much it meant to him to achieve that goal. I’m also happy to have made a new friend in Craig as well as the other folks from St. Louis! They’re a great bunch of folks and also really great to play against.

Congratulations again to Craig on his Top Four finish, as well as his Nationals Qualification! He absolutely deserves that qualification.

Final Standing in Top Eight – 8th

Final Thoughts

So, I set out to use a crazy rogue win condition, play some Dice Masters, and write about the folks I played against. I think I accomplished that. I had so much more fun this year than I did last year. It felt like there was no passage of time as my friends were arriving and greeting me. You can’t get that warm, fuzzy feeling in any other competitive gaming community. I’ve been around a lot of those other scenes and none of them can even compare to Dice Masters. I got to play against an old friend from last year and lots of new folks. My opponents are no longer opponents – I call them friends. I’ve never seen a community of players like this and it makes my heart swell with joy. I also feel like I picked the best possible team to play. Colossus is definitely all Hugs. My buddy Joe said that I was playing Ponies without using Pony characters. I didn’t realize it until he pointed it out, but he’s totally right. My team matched that awesome MLP playmat! Lots of folks were commenting on how cool and unique it was and I totally have Mr. Glen to thank for that (Review article, here).

Now the world is not all full of sunshine and rainbows, though I wish it was. I have never been so upset in a match as I was in round three against Craig R. He was a really good sport about it and he was upset as well, but I think for different reasons. It really didn’t make me feel good to win that round and when I realized that I was going to win, I couldn’t hold back the tears. I’m super sensitive and wear my heart on my sleeve. But got to match back up in top eight and that was much more fun. So it all worked out in the end and I felt much better about it all after Craig defeated me in top eight.

As far as the meta goes, I didn’t go there with a meta team. Yes, I had meta control pieces, but my win condition is so far from the meta that lots of folks don’t know that card exists. I play different and unique win conditions in order to give those cards a chance to shine, even if every round is a loss, those cards were used and loved for a time. I didn’t go to win – I went to have fun. I feel like everyone should go with that mindset. We drove about three and a half hours, paid $15 entry fees, and had zero expectations about winning. The focus was completely on the fun for me. But Travis and I have discussed the state of the meta for hours upon hours with each other and our locals. We all dislike Bard, with a great passion. Bard should not have the ability it does for a character that only cost four to purchase. We hope they’ll errata the card to a While Active effect, so it won’t stack, but still be a very viable meta piece. If they don’t then I hope they errata it to something to keep it from being too overpowered. Bard’s ability to stack its buffs is just too much. As you saw in my picture above, Craig R. had a +12A/+12D buff to EACH character die. That was an impressive army he going. I just think Bard has too much power and not enough responsibility and he needs to be taught how to be responsible!

I didn’t have room for a Beholder tech, and if there had been a flood of Beholder teams, I would’ve been losing each match for sure. It was a risk I took, mainly because if I had to face a bunch of Beholder teams, I wanted it to be over quickly and not drawn out. I did put it out there on my Facebook that Beholder was my weak spot, but I honestly thought I’d see more Ring variants. I didn’t play against a single Ring team, but I know there were some there. I put a very specific card on my team to help me against Ring teams. Because of how specific Lex Luthor’s ability is, he was of no use to me the entire tournament. I basically played with a seven card team the entire tournament. But that’s part of the risk you run when you’re building and don’t know what the meta will look like at a particular venue. Cold Gun could have been useful against Beholder, but it’s not always the easiest thing to buy and you need them cycling consistently to keep yourself alive against Beholder.

The top eight at Owensboro consisted of my team, Josh K.’s rogue team with Protection Bard, Beholder/Imprisoned, a Mask Ring team, and four Bard variants. I’m happy that we only had four Bard variants in the top eight, but that quickly became the Bard top four slugfest. I’m totally not disappointed that I didn’t make it further, as I didn’t expect to do anywhere near as well as I did. But I thought at least one of the other non-Bard (I’m including Josh’s team as a non-Bard team) teams would make it. I’m proud of all the players in this event. They all played the best they could and I hope that everyone had fun. I didn’t have to try too hard to have fun because everyone was fun to be around!

I know how much it killed Travis’s soul to play with Poly-Venom Bard. He didn’t want to play it, but he wanted to do well and he felt that his Bard variant would get him at least into top eight. He ended up finishing second, losing to Mr. Craig H., in an epic defeat that made the entire crowd erupt into a huge uproar of excitement! They each had won one game and time had been called after they finished their second game and before they had begun their third game. They had to start their third game in turns. I wasn’t watching the game too closely because I always get so nervous when Travis is playing and I don’t want to make him nervous! I did watch the final turns of the match and saw where Travis had a lead on life (by one!) and Mr. Craig H. needed at least two Sidekicks to secure a victory. He rerolled three of his Sidekicks that were showing energy and two of them hit a Sidekick face! Travis jumped up cheering along with all the spectators! Mr. Craig has visited us in Dyersburg before and so Travis and I were thrilled that he won the event! Travis said that it wasn’t really a loss a for him because a friend won, and I couldn’t agree more. There were many hugs between the two of them, cheers, and lots of congratulations going around to everyone for a well-played tournament. Travis and Mr. Craig H. earned their Nationals qualifications in the top four alongside Craig R.

Travis did tell me that RareCrow was his MVP for most of the event, so I bet the KO King from Double Burst will be tickled to hear that!

Big Bang is a stand up venue with the most amazing Tournament Organizer, Mr. Jason A. Cory C. was a wonderful judge and they deserve some super kudos for rocking this event like pros. The event ran smoothly and quickly with a break after round three for lunch. All the players were prompt in finding their seats and everyone seemed to be having a great time. We had 22 players and most of the teams were either rogue or variants of meta teams with a personal tweak. The other employees at Big Bang are always helpful and very patient with folks. Thank you Big Bang for having a copy of IvX #1 for me to pick up! Our store is still waiting for our copies that were short from our order… One of the employees got down into the comic boxes with me, trying to help me find a copy of Uncanny Inhumans #6 (I still can’t seem to find it anywhere – besides online). Great store and great tournament location!

Congratulations again to all those that got their Nationals qualifications!

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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

With the WKO quickly approaching, I decided to give one of my team considerations a test run in our tournament. If you watch the tournament videos on my YouTube channel, I have to apologize for the excessive amount of background noise. The store is very busy on Saturday nights and it’s really hard for me to play and mitigate the excessive noise at the same time. Hopefully, the regulars will get used to me filming and be a little more aware of their volume and conversation content. My irritation shows a little in the videos and I apologize for that as well. It’s very frustrating when you can’t hear what the person sitting across from you is saying.

You may hear me reference someone named Donatella, but that’s just my life tracker.

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My Team

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You can find my team here, on DM Retrobox.

I want Lady Bullseye to work – really bad. But I think she’s too difficult to maneuver in such a fast meta. I do love Overcrush though and it’s almost as if Gorilla Grodd was made for me. Mr. DDK suggested using Tsarina and Guy Gardner with Grodd, which I thought was a good idea so I did it. This has been one of the team ideas I’ve been throwing around for the WKO, so I figured that this would be a perfect chance to test it. I added Elf Thief for Mask energy and little bit of control, which I never used – not in a single game. Cold Gun is there to help me get around nasty characters like Dwarf Wizard or Ronin. Rip, PXG, and Blue-Eyes are all utility cards. I chose Slander as one of my Basic Actions because it works like Cold Gun but doesn’t damage – just in case I need to blank a character without damaging it. It’s also one cheaper and doesn’t require specific energy, but it’s not Continuous like Cold Gun. I chose Invulnerability for it’s Global, and because I might be able to use its ability if I bought the die.

Round One

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You can watch my first round match on my YouTube channel, here. I was up against North and the Unlimited version of his Satchel team. My first purchase was probably wrong in this game. I couldn’t decide between Guy and Tsarina and I Ripped a Guy instead of Tsarina. I think I would have been better off with Tsarina instead of Guy because when I rolled him on my next turn, I got stuck with him on a character face. I would rather have had a Tsarina since she doesn’t have to attack each turn. I also got a little purchase happy when I bought Grodd early game and I didn’t reroll any Sidekicks in an attempt to get a Shield to Rip him. I was left with a Bolt and I didn’t really have anything to use it for. I hate when that happens because I feel like I’m wasting resources. I ended up purchasing one of North’s Imprisoned dice to help me get around Ronin and any potential blockers, as well as removing characters he could spin down in order to prevent Tsarina’s ability damage. We did make an error in the game where I had Imprisoned his Ronin, but he didn’t return his Ronin after Tsarina damaged him with her ability. He should have gotten Ronin back and been able to use him as a blocker, since Imprisoned would have left before the Assign Blockers portion of the Attack Step. It happened again later when I was attacking for lethal damage. I didn’t realize that until watching the video and writing this report that we both overlooked that. If I had been paying closer attention to the card abilities, Tsarina would not have been part of the final attack and I would still have been able to claim a victory. I unfortunately won the first round with two unintentional game play errors, but without the video, I wouldn’t have noticed it.

Record after Round One: 1-0-0

Round Two

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You can watch my second round match on my YouTube channel, here. I was facing off against Hannah’s Action Burn team in round two. This match was relatively short, and a bit of a revenge match from last week. The tables were turned this week and I didn’t roll as well as I would have liked, much like the trouble Hannah faced last week when her team wanted to give her issues. We both had a rough start, but Hannah’s team bounced back quickly and there wasn’t much I could do. I probably should have purchased as many of her Magic Missile dice as I could, just to slow down her damage output. I shouldn’t have Ripped my second Grodd, even though it didn’t matter much in this particular game, but I should have purchased more Guy and Tsarina dice instead. Sometimes games just don’t go the way you’d like them to and this was my moment for the bad rolls. Hannah did well with her comeback, and she made the right choice in clearing my field with her Magic Missile Global so that she could attack and secure her victory.

Record after Round Two: 1-1-0

Round Three

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I got to face off against one of my own teams in round three. Olivia wanted to use a variation on my Girl Power team, so I let her borrow it. She fielded lots of Sidekicks early in the match and even purchased a she-Hulk early game. Black Cat was a troublesome character as she made me reroll some of the characters I needed to keep in the Field. Luckily, they all came back up on character faces, but the threat of them leaving the Field scared me a little. I Ripped and purchased a Grodd around mid-game, but I needed to get my Guys back in the Field. They were proving to be very difficult to work with since they are required to attack each turn. When it came time to start attacking, Guy came through for me. She blocked my first big attack of Grodd and Guys, which returned most of them to the Field Zone. I drew what was left of my Guy dice and some Tsarina dice and was attacking for lethal damage on the turn after my first major attack. She had mostly Sidekicks as blockers and no way to avoid the massive amount of Overcrush damage from my Guys.

Record after Round Three: 2-1-0
Final Standing: 3rd

Final Thoughts

I hope that everyone takes something away from this report – especially from my mistakes. We are not defined by our mistakes, but by how we learn from them. I’m so glad that error was caught on video because this gives everyone a chance to review it and make mental notes about it so that they don’t make that mistake later, or have it made against them like North did.

Now, about the team itself. I really love this team. It’s definitely a top contender for what I’ll be playing at the WKO. I do not like Elf Thief though, and I’m probably going to replace him for either Constantine: Hellblazer or Antihero. While I like Cold Gun, I almost feel I don’t need it if I’m using Slander. Sure, it does damage and it possibly blanks a dude, but Slander blanks too. I definitely  don’t think I need both, and I’m probably swapping one of them for something else. I just have to decide which one to take off the team and what to put in its place. I like Tsarina, Grodd, and Guy as the main core of the team, so that won’t be changing. It’s nice to know that I don’t necessarily have to have all of the pieces to win as they’re all great on their own. They’re just really silly together and I love it!

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I was recently browsing the Dice Masters Reddit when I came across an interesting post. It was someone asking folks what they wanted on a playmat, if they could have anything. I jumped on the opportunity to share my idea of the perfect Dice Masters playmat. The kind soul on the other side of the screen offered to create the design for my playmat – which made me super excited! When he was done, I couldn’t have been happier.

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Artwork

Mr. Glen put the images together on the playmat. He did everything he could to find the perfect images and edit things to make them exactly how I wanted them. He went out of his way to adjust his regular layout to match what I wanted, such as moving the life tracker, removing certain custom zones, and shuffling things around to how I wanted them. He has several designs available on his Etsy page (PlaymatMasters) for folks to order. Please be sure to check out his work, because he has this uncanny ability in choosing the most perfect images as well as a great editing sense – making him a unique and amazing talent.

If you want him to make a specific design with a certain character(s), you can message him with your request. He’ll be able to tell you if he’s taking on new design projects, pricing, and how long it’ll take to design if you’re wanting something that’s not currently offered in his Etsy store.

The communication between Mr. Glen and I was great. He was always polite, friendly, and open to discussion. I feel like I made a new friend in my dealings with Mr. Glen.

So if you like a design he currently has available or you want him to add a character design to his store, send him a message.

The pictures below have some closeups of the artwork that Mr. Glen put together. Click on any image to get a better look at it.

Inked Gaming

After Mr. Glen sent me the PDF file, I needed to send that file to a place that prints playmats. I had never used Inked Gaming before, but I have seen their playmats around my FLGS. I felt comfortable enough to send them the file and have them print my playmat.

Ordering and Pricing

There was a little confusion when I first tried to order my playmat. Inked’s website is mostly user friendly, but when you upload the PDF, you don’t get a preview of your playmat. That’s what had me confused, but I messaged Inked on Facebook and they promptly responded and assured me that I was using the site correctly. The pricing is $24.99 for a 14″ x 24″ custom playmat. The thickness is 1/16″ which is about the same as other playmats from companies like UltraPro.

Processing, Shipping, and Packaging

My order processed fairly quickly, I assume. I ordered my playmat on a Wednesday and it arrived that Saturday. I’m fairly certain that they processing didn’t take more than a day. I wasn’t given a notification in regards to when the order finished processing, which is fine with me. They did notify me when it shipped. Shipping for orders over $40 is free (in the US) through Inked. Since I only ordered the one playmat I had to pay shipping. Shipping was only $5.30, which isn’t bad for standard shipping on a package larger than an envelope. The playmat was shipped in a cardboard shipping tube with the ends taped thoroughly to prevent any potential damage or loss of item. I was very happy and impressed with the processing and shipping.

Playmat Quality

The quality of the playmat from Inked is about what you would expect. They’re very much like a playmat from UltrPro, which should hold up for a long time if treated well. I’m not disappointed in their quality for the price. Most playmats with artwork are priced around $19.99 – $29.99, or $6.99 – $9.99 for plain colored mats. For a custom mat, $24.99 seems more than reasonable. If you add in the shipping charge, I paid just over $30 for my playmat from Inked.

As a side note, many folks prefer a mat that can be washed. Inked sent me a response in regards to washing and drying their mats and mousepads.

Thanks to the dye sublimation process, our playmats and mouse pads are machine washable. Use the delicate cycle (or handwash) with a typical laundry soap. (DO NOT Bleach) Lay flat to dry.

Final Thoughts

I will be adding Mr. Glen’s Etsy store to my list of nifty sellers, as well as a link to Inked Gaming.

My Turn One Gaming playmat is officially retiring – or moving over to Mr. DDK’s side of the table. I loved that mat so much, but my new custom MLP mat is definitely the best mat. There are many reasons beyond the obvious that make this mat the best. Mr. Glen added the Pinkie and Rarity cupcakes in the Basic Action areas just to fancy it up. It was a happy accident that they are pink and purple, and that he put them on the same sides that I use my pink and purple Basic Action indicators on. I wanted Pinkie and Rarity’s cutie marks as my life tracker. I love the clouds as the card spaces because they give the illusion that my cards are floating on puffy cloud pillows. I wanted Luna’s cutie mark somewhere on the mat, and he found a great place to put it – right where the cards go! It’s like Luna is protecting each card. Mr. Glen added a cute detail that made me giggle by calling the Field Zone, Equestria. He wanted to fancy the background up, and what works better than confetti and stars!

I chose each pony to go in each area for specific reasons. I chose Sombra to represent the Attack Zone because no matter how hard he fights who he is, he can’t change it. He will always be the evil king that everypony sees, regardless of how he actually feels. His quote in the speech bubble says, “You want to fight monsters, little pony? I’ll give you monsters.” I chose Nightmare Moon for the Used Pile because she was used by the Nightmare Forces to do hateful and evil things. They amplified the resentment buried inside Princess Luna and made her into a monster. She was able to come back from that with the help of Twilight Sparkle and her friends, which is why I chose Luna for the Field Zone. She came back from the corruption and stands by her new friends and family to protect Equestria from any evil or hatred that would try to invade. Her speech bubble says, “Together we will defeat the Nightmare Energy and it will never hurt anypony ever again.” Of the mane six, my two favorites are Rarity and Pinkie Pie. I wanted Rarity in my Prep Area because of how hard she works to prepare gifts for her friends throughout the show. She’s also the representative of the Element of Generosity. I feel like rolling extra dice from my Prep Area is a generous gesture of the game mechanics. If you know anything about MLP, you know that Rarity can be a drama queen at times – which is why Mr. Glen added her drama chaise just above the Prep Area as a little ‘KO’ reminder. I love it so much – it’s so perfect! I saved Pinkie Pie for last. I wanted her in the Reserve Pool because she has an endless reserve of happiness, friendship, and joy. She is a very special pony to me.

Pinkie Pie – She’s the favorite pony of my dear friend, Colt. Colt passed away in August of 2016. He was a young, up and coming teacher, and a very good friend of Mr. DDK and myself. He was highly intelligent and was a quiet fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. And his name really was Colt. We even joked about his name being Colt and him being a fan of a cartoon about ponies. He asked me to keep it between the two of us that he was a fan, but he had eventually told others before he passed. I know he wouldn’t mind me telling folks about him now. If not for Colt, I would have never given MLP: FiM a chance. He convinced me to give the show a chance, and I did. I shared many of my memories with Mr. Glen as he was making my playmat and I don’t mind sharing a few.

I was down in the dumps one day, while watching over my FLGS, and Colt had stopped in for a visit. He told me, “One can not be sad while listening to Pinkie singing about smiles.” I hadn’t seen the newest episode yet, so he pulled it up on iTunes and I watched one of my soon to be favorite episodes, “A Friend in Deed”. That episode is basically me – I want to be friends with everyone and it makes me sad when folks don’t like me. One of my favorite MLP songs is also in that episode, Smile Song. That song makes me feel better when I’m having a bad day, so Colt’s logic has held true – even today. Colt and I both had tiny Pinkie Pie figures from the mystery bags and we carried them around in our pockets for the longest time. Whenever we saw each other, we would each pat our own pocket and smile at each other. Folks come and go in our lives. The memories are sometimes all we have left. Colt will be missed very much by all of his friends and family, but I will always have Pinkie to remind me of the best memories of my friend. His love of Pinkie lives on through me. Friendship truly is magic – don’t let anyone tell you different!

Thank you, Mr. Glen, for such a special playmat.

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