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Geeky Stuff STILL Coming Soon And Why I Need Guest Bloggers

Posted by Yogizilla on May 4, 2011

We’ll approach this DPO update as a FAQ (here is the official DPO – Duel Pass Online – FAQ) because I feel I owe you all some answers!

  • Where is the fabled DPO Yu-Gi-Oh! Box Buster Extravaganza? I hope to get to this next week. I still have all the packs and boxes sealed. Believe me, I can’t wait to see what cards I got. I may very well release the content as rich text and add image-enhanced reviews to the article and the DPO Card Showcase.
  • Where and what are the scantily-clad wimminz? Barring any setbacks with my other creative and project work, I should have two major site updates this week, including an Anime-style “Bad Apple” tribute and a look at why Mass Effect is one of the sexiest (or seksiest) video games of all time. We like Anime women too (light clothing optional) so we’ll definitely provide sufficient content to that end. In fact, my good friend and fellow NoF, KiNgDeeM, found High School of the Dead and that seems promising. I’ve also enjoyed Rin recently (highly recommend it if you can’t deny the guilty pleasure of Anime wimminz).
  • Why won’t you duel me? I love you guys but I don’t do webcam duels. Find me on XBox LIVE. I’ll even clean up my friends list if you’re enough of a video game geek or Anime geek.
  • Where have you been? I’ve been busy tweaking Y3B
  • and preparing to not only migrate the blog but also syndicate content and create off-page content to promote my creative works, branding, and geeky endeavors. I have to pay the bills eventually, after all.

In a few words, I have an abundance of ideas and inspiration but a lack of “free time”. NoF social gaming activity has always kept me busy as well, which is why we’re trying to recruit and expand aggressively to spread the balance of power and leadership. I love this blog. I love you guys. I LOVE you’re quirky and sometimes insightful comments! Weaving DPO into the NoF Network (RoNoF) is definitely part of my master plan so be patient, DPO fans!

Now, if you’re interested in geeky guest blogging on DPO or syndicating select content here, the qualifiers are as follows:

  • Content must focus on the following geeky topics: video games, Anime, Manga/comics, fantasy and sci-fi TV shows, TCG/CCG tips and strategies, card reviews, and the like.
  • I’ll gladly feature unique geeky stuff on here and link back to you!
  • Each entry should have at least one nice image embedded in it as our readers LOVE eye candy.
  • Gallery-style entries such as card showcases and box busters are VERY much welcomed!
  • Speaking of galleries, I always find it fun to search for cosplay and gamer photos since it gives a face to the online game community. If you can build upon that, even better!
  • Videos are good but keep load times, RSS readers, and mobile browsers in mind!
  • Scantily-clad wimminz are allowed but no nudity (kids find this site quite easily and I don’t want parental flames).
  • You must have a WordPress OpenID to get set up with editor access.
  • You should become a fan and link, share, and comment away.
  • Replying to comments is optional but strongly encouraged – let’s get conversations going!
  • A comfort level with creating links on-page and off-page is a MUST to increase our audience participation.

As part of the perks, you’ll become part of our mastermind group and get to be involved in some cool projects. You’ll also have the opportunity to increase your own audience and meet cool like-minded geeks. DPO currently gets an adverage of 100 hits per day, with a good balance of new and old visitors. Right now, our goal is to minimize bounce rate by providing great content for a wider audience, not just Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, though that is still our core.

To apply, simply comment on this article and share it using our handy-dandy buttons. I look forward to working with the New DPO Team! More importantly, I hope to keep DPO fresh and fun for our returning supporters!

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Assorted Flavors: Our Web Site Move, Paying By Check, and More!

Posted by Yogizilla on April 5, 2007

Hello all! I have a few assorted updates so get ready…

First and foremost, I have to say that I like the crazy programming Cartoon Network has been doing lately. They followed up Miyazaki’s Spirited Away with a marathon of Perfect Hair Forever, one of the most pointless yet strangely entertaining shows EVER! For our older viewers out there, it features lots of adult inuendo to keep even the biggest deviants happy. LOL… Anywho, what’s up with the new Tom on Toonami? I see lots of people out there searching for information about the recent changes. I can’t say I am a fan personally but it’s cool that he has a whole crew now; I mean, life in outer space would be lonely otherwise!

In other news, we are moving our web site to new servers so there may be some interruption and delay in product delivery. Those that ordered anything this week should be more affected than those that placed orders in previous weeks. We’re working around the clock to get things fixed up so be patient, folks! If you can’t reach us via e-mail, I check our blog much more often now so feel free to use this.

Illiteracy spreads throughout America!

So it seems illiteracy is spreading like wildfire, as the above cartoon depicts. We have received a few checks that are not made out to the right people and, as such, we cannot do anything with them. Please read instructions carefully as it’ll save you time in the long run. If you pay by check or money order, please be sure to make it out to:

Yomar Lopez
P.O. Box 994
New York, NY 10018

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WARNING: Yu-Gi-Oh! Scams, Myths, and Free Duels

Posted by Yogizilla on March 8, 2007

We recently received several messages at YDP regarding people promising free duelpasses and free duels. Some folks have also asked me where to buy Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Duelpasses. The response to Konami’s free duel lobby initiative has been tremendous as well. I have tackled a lot of the issues thereof but, just to revisit the core issues here, I’d like to issue a general scam warning and myth debunker.

First and foremost, Yu-Gi-Oh! Online no longer features a free duel lobby at the current point in time. This was a promotion and was meant to be temporary. We do not know if they have plans to bring it back as a seasonal feature or something available to new or low-level players only but, when we do get confirmation on this, we’ll let you all know. For now, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Duelpass system has been made much more accessible and affordable so we hope it encourages more new players!

Some sites have promised free duelpasses or unrealistically-good discounts. I have scoured the Net myself both as a customer (before I became a Yu-Gi-Oh! reseller) and a business owner. I have yet to find huge price drops and steady supplies from a reliable business. All the sites promise freebies have been scams aimed at stealing passwords, installing spyware, or doing other malicious things to the systems of their visitors. Be wary of any promises of free duelpasses and the like – those are all SCAMS!

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Frequently Asked Questions – ROUND TWO

Posted by Yogizilla on March 3, 2007

With Yu-Gi-Oh! Online DUEL EVOLUTION in full motion, I figured it was time to put up some of the new questions we’ve been getting. You’ll find that it is still pretty much business as usual but there are certainly some improvements to Konami’s current strategy which has us all VERY excited! We’re going to tackle some in-game issues and new duelpass considerations here so please read on…

Q. What is better: traditional duelpasses or duelkeys?

A. This question is purely subjective but I will say this: with traditional duelpasses, you don’t have to worry about shipping and handling. We’ve received many reports of DOA (dead on arrival) hardware with the USB duelpass keys. Technically, these are supposed to be easy-to-use but we’ve found people breaking them before the cards and points even complete transferring. On that end, it depends what you are comfortable with and how fast you need DP.

The USB duelpass devices are cheaper, on average, than buying actual cards. The major trade-off aside from the delivery time is the fact that you will get some random cards whereas with the traditional card system you get to pick what you get. Admittedly, there are some nice cards in those random sets, including one of my (Yogizilla) personal favorites: Dark World Lightning (straight from the Elemental Energy card series). There are rumors that future card packs will include more cards from Rise of Destiny, Flaming Eternity, and The Lost Millenium. I don’t know abotu you but that excites me since those are some of my favorite of the more recent YGO expansions.

In any case, the duelpass keys are more affordable if you can get them at a local store or have the time to wait for a delivery; otherwise, go for regular cards. That’s just our recommendation. Feel free to sound off on this because your opinions help us determine what to focus more on.

Q. If I upgrade to Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Duel Evolution (YgOO Version 2), will I lose my cards and Duel Points (DP)?

A. This is one of my favorite things about upgrading to the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Online: you keep everything! In fact, YGOO Duel Evolution gives you a lot more community features such as more profile options, customizable avatars/characters, a more complete chat interface, and a fully-functional friends list. Ah, on that last note, you DO lose your friends list in the upgrade but, since it is easier to find people now, you can easily rebuild it so no worries!

Q. Who do I contact if I am having technical issues with YGOO?

A. Many folks have made the mistake of e-mailing us regarding their issues with the online game but your best bet is to go to the official Konami site for YGOO. Though we’ll often help steer our customers in the right direction for simple problems, we must make the disclaimer by stating that we are not in any way affiliated with Konami; that is, beyond being one of their major resellers internationally, especially in the US and Canada. Generally-speaking, e-mail support takes a while so always check for other FAQ’s, announcements, and the like first.

Q. Why can’t I find what I am looking for on the official YGOO site?

A. The chances are that you, like many of us have done in the past, have gone to yugioh-online.com and not yugioh-online.net, which are two very different sites, it turns out. I blame the cyber squatters that are trying to make a dime off of domains that they never had any intention of using but that’s a whole different story. Another big thing to watch out for is choosing the right flag/country in the front page as that can change content completely depending on what you are looking for (especially if you are trying to purchase DP).

Q. Why can’t I purchase DP from Konami’s site?

A. This can be a few things but, typically, it means that you are either in the wrong section of their site or you live in a country where Konami does not sell duelpasses directly. One may ask “why would Konami turn down business like this” and the answer is simple: they want to make YGOO more attractive to resellers as that is what helps make a product more popular. Some call it viral marketing, others just call it smart business. Bless your hearts, Konami decision makers!

Q. Which do you like better: the old YGOO or the new one?

A. My cop-out statement is this: both are good in their own regards. For a more complete answer, read our YGOO2 review. We’ll tackle that question better in that article/post!

Q. How does one send private messages on the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Duel Evolution?

A. YGOO2 handles messaging with an effective tab system. Just about everything about chat has been fixed, including the weird random spikes and character lags. Private messages are still cumbersome, however: type “/NAME MESSAGE” where “NAME” is replaced with the destination party’s YGOO handle/screen name. Those that are used to IRC may find this weird but some MMORPG’s use a similar system so it shouldn’t be TOO bad to get used to. Yay for chat tabs!

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NEW Yu-Gi-Oh goodness coming your way!

Posted by Yogizilla on March 2, 2007

Hello all! =oD

I’ve been busy working on many projects but fear not: I am still here and back with a vengeance. There was a bit of a black-out period on YGOO due to the free practice lobby and lack of new players, it seems. Now, the new evolution of YGOO really seems to be aiding in our mission to bring Yu-Gi-Oh! to the masses, not just the younger generations.

I am super duper inspired, especially after receiving very nice messages from our customers and some folks I have dueled online. It’s great meeting people from all over the world and, as we expand internationally, we’re going to try to bring you some different goodies. First up, we’re going to restructure this blog so that we can put a focus on some of the major trends/recipes and their respective counters, card spotlights, and other duel tips.

The refreshing thing is that now we are seeing variety in strategies and recipes online. For a while, most people were running the same kinds of decks, which got very boring and predictable. Anyone that duels me knows that I use many different decks and constantly retool them. I like to have fun with the game and do unorthodox things. As such, my approach to duel strategy is to avoid mainstream techniques and catch people off-guard a bit, keep ’em guessing!

In the coming months, I hope to put up some quality content on here that you can all enjoy alongside our excellent customer service and product delivery. As it is, we are one of the few suppliers of duelpasses for Yu-Gi-Oh! online but we also want to focus more on the community by not only building relationships but expanding the community and creating more opportunity for great duels, good times, and long-lasting relationships. Again, thank you all for the kind words. Please remember to leave your mark on our guestbook and comment ’til your heart is content!

COMING SOON: Deck tips, duel strategies, duel request area, and the long-awaited Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Evo review!!!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Online TCG And MORE – Frequently Asked Questions – Round One

Posted by Yogizilla on November 30, 2006

*** 2011 Update: Still no free Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Duel Passes here. We’re not even in the DP business now. DuelPassOnline is strictly a fan site for video game geeks, Yu-Gi-Oh! duelists, Anime aficionados, and more! It’s easier this way. Now no one will be begging us for DuelPass codes constantly and we can move on to other, more fun discussions – YAY! ***

A few months back we tackled the big questions about PayPal, our security measures, and why we prefer Moneybookers as our pay processor. In this FAQ installment, we’d like to address some of the other common questions so, before you e-mail us, check this out. Chances are that your answer is here and you’ll save valuable time both for yourself and our team! =o]

Q. Can I have a free duel pass?

A. We’ll do better than that: we will share a little-known secret with you. Yu-Gi-Oh! Online now has a FREE practice duel lobby. You won’t get ranked by dueling in there but something is better than nothing. We’d love to give out more freebies and prizes but we are still a very small shop even if we are one of the TOP 10 worldwide suppliers. In the future, we will do some contests so stay tuned for that.

Q. Can I use PayPal?

A. Certainy but keep in mind that your payment will not be accepted if any security flags are set off. This includes the use of IP spoofers, proxise, free e-mail address, fake telephone numbers, and the like. Before the PayPal option becomes available, there is an extensive pre-screening process so, if you want to skip out on the hassle of it all, go with Moneybookers. The MB option is pretty much PP with more security features, better rates, and a much more user-friendly interface. Why not switch? It can be as fast as five minutes!

Q. Want to duel me?

A. We love to duel our customers but we’re busy folks. We are considering implementing a duel challenge and ladder system on yugioh-duelpass.net so that we can schedule such duels easily. For now, you’ll just have to see if you catch us on YGOO. I think it’s pretty easy to figure out what my game handle is but I won’t expose my team members. Ha!

Q. Why is there a delay in duel delivery lately?
A. With the shift to USB duel passes, supplies on cards are scarce. They are still being published and are in circulation but it’s hard to get your hands on them. We are one of the resellers that employs the most trusted supply channels and, even with those connections, we can’t keep up 100% supply continuity. The good news is that we have found some new suppliers and hopefully they can commit to our standards of quality so that we can develop a brilliant business relationship!

Q. Why is there a shortage in card supplies?

A. Well, part of it is what was just mentioned. The hardware duel pass is more convenient in some cases so some suppliers are pushing for that more. We like to give our customers flexibility in the cards they receive and the fact that we e-mail the codes rather than ship them is a big advantage for us. Keep in mind that the USB devices are great but you do not get the cards you get with the core duelpasses. There have also been reports of DOA (dead on arrival) issues so, really, the option is a good one but, as there is with anything, there are pro’s and con’s to assess.

A bigger reason why YGOO DP’s are hard to find is because it is still a cult game of sorts which means that mainstream retailers will not carry it. As the demand grows, the supply shrinks. That’s really at the heart of the issue here but that is a good thing because that means new people for you all to duel and more chances that you will see less cookie-cutter recipes and more wild stuff like a Level 2 ONLY monster deck – imagine that originality! ;o)

Q. Why is my telephone necessary?

A. We require a one-time telephone validation once a customer exceeds a certain amount of order volume (in dollars, not units purchased). Other things may trigger this but, essentially, the reason we do this is simple: it helps us crack down on cases of identity theft, information falsification, and other foul play. Reducing our capital loss helps us keep prices competitive and build our business more so we can offer different services. Sadly, people that try to exploit the system don’t think about the next guy so they ruin it for everyone.

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Keeping your security and shopping experience a priority!

Posted by Yogizilla on April 11, 2006

Everyone is scurrying around to stock up on duel points and we have all hands on deck. With Konami temporarily shutting down US credit card processing while they run some maintenance, we have been receiving many more orders. As a result, expediting your order can be tricky right now but we’re trying our best, especially in lieu of a huge unexpected jump in order volume.

During this time, we’ve received many questions about the order process and such. We plan to release a FAQ to address all the major questions but, for now, I’d like to answer out the most popular questions, all of which relate to PayPal in some shape or form…

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Q. Why am I unable to use PayPal to place my order?

A. Before we can accept PayPal business from a new or unverified customer, various verifications must return with satisfactory results. Anything questionable in the reports we run can warrant an order cancellation or request for alternate payment. You’ll notice MoneyBookers is our preferred payment processor. The reason for this is that, as merchants, we can offer this option and keep prices competitive for our customers. We also find that MoneyBookers is much more secure for both payees and payers. It is mutually benefit to setup an account with MB rather than use the standard PayPal that one may be accustomed to.

Unfortunately, since PayPal is so popular, there are many exploits that have been well-documented. Most fraud that small businesses deal with often comes from using a pay processor such as PayPal. This is not in any manner a way of saying that PayPal is not a great service but we do feel additional layers of security are necessary to ensure the best and safest shopping experience time and again.

That being said, we try to verify all new (to us) PayPal accounts in 2-3 business days. This turn-around can be sooner (usually is) or later, depending on how busy we get. Let me reiterate that, even if your PayPal account is verified, we must perform our third-party checks to validate all provided data before any goods and services can be exchanged. As such, we reserve the right to reject any business that provides reasonable doubt or uncertainty. Once you create an account and provide us with your credentials, we can enable PayPal as a pay option for you, contingent upon your no negative data being reflected in the reports and tests that we run.

Q. Is there anything I can do to increase the chances of the PayPal option being enabled on my account?

A. Though we strongly urge all our customers to consider other payment options that not only save them money by cutting out hefty transaction costs but ALSO give them a more secure consumer channel, we understand that the covenience of PayPal and consolidating finances can drive the need to use of their service. If it is your intention to use PayPal and no other service, the #1 thing I can recommend is that you use an e-mail address on PayPal that matches the account you use with us and correspond to us with.

Free e-mail accounts are typically flagged by most pay processors by default, simply because anyone can create an account. It’s also possible to hijack accounts or spoof e-mail accounts so we do not leave the e-mail address synch as the end-all check BUT it does weigh heavily into everything that we factor into the PayPal account verification process. Other things we look at include payment history, credit scores, and anything of the sort. I want to personally assure you that we do not invade anyone’s privacy. All the data that we pull up is public territory.

The long story made short here is this: make sure that everything you give us is consistent. If you suspect anything may come up that may cause some concern, feel free to submit an explanation in advance and we’ll consider it. Again, I reiterate that there are no guarantees. If inconsistencies occur, we will work with you as much as possible but priority will go to those that work with us to ease the process. Just because one order is delayed, doesn’t mean the rest should be too. It’s all in the name of fairness. Put yourselves in our shoes or those of another customer.

Q. I cannot afford to have a non-FREE e-mail account. What do I do?

A. Certain FREE e-mail providers screen their members and keep track of important data (vitals) that we coud reference for our verifications. This is rare and we do not have an entire list of them available for our customers (at least not yet). If you have Internet access, chances are your ISP provides you with e-mail accounts for your use. A good example of a more reliable e-mail account would be one on the ComCast network as opposed to something like AOL, which you could create using a trial setup disc.

There are other qualifiers for what makes a “good” e-mail account. Some of them are more subjective while others are more objective and can be detected by the software tools that we put to use. Whatever the case may be, we look for some sort of stability and reliability when qualifying our customers for certaing “fringe benefits”. In the future, we plan to add a suite of value-added services to subscribers which will then make you elgible for discounts, more payment flexibility, exclusive content, and the like. Until then, we will try to accomodate everyone that works with us!

Q. I appreciate the thoroughness of your staff but how does ANY of this benefit me?

A. The simple answer is that loss prevention allows any store to keep their prices low/competitive. Most establishments will raise their price per unit to cover the hidden costs of maintaining a volatile inventory. Surely, this can be shrugged off with a “it’s not my problem” attitude but what most people do not know is that things like piracy and frauds can really help increase economic issues such as inflation; hence why security measures may seem an inconvenience most of the time but they are necessary for there to be fairness to all.
…But I digress! As I formerly mentioned, making other pay methods readily available is our way of making recommendations that we really believe in. Our other payment channels have native checks and failsafes in-place that streamline the process much more, whereas PayPal doesn’t offer much in terms of layered security as it is pretty much click-and-go – VIOLA!

PayPal charges some of the highest premiums for credit card transactions and other services for both buyers and sellers alike. Why not save yourself the money (and the trouble)? More food for thought: by providing this extra security we make sure that those that pay on-time get their products on time instead of having to wait due to some thief that ran off with the cards that were intended to them.

There are many other ways that our preventative measures help us serve you better. We’re not just looking to make a single sale, large or small. We want to build a relationship with our customers. Whether we enjoy a good duel together, share some strategies, give you some referral credits, or provide some special pricing for continued business, we’re looking to build relationships. We feel these dynamics make us stand out, really!

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I believe that covers the main questions. I should add more later and, as I said, I’m looking to do a FAQ. If you have any questions you’d like to see more thoroughly addressed, please e-mail me at yogizilla@duelpass-online.com and I’ll be more than happy to consider your addition for our list!! My main goal with this post is to assure you that we have YOUR best interest in mind throughout all the standards we have implemented in our daily operations.

Again, any time you want to know something, please comment on the appropriate blog/topic or shoot us a line. Thanks for stopping by – don’t forget to tell your friends!

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