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Hearthstone iPad App Now Available – Not Just In Canada!

Posted by Yogizilla on April 18, 2014

It’s official – the Hearthstone iPad app is now available in the Uninted States app store.  Now you don’t have an excuse.  Everyone come join Clan NoF and the Geeky Antics / AllGames communities for some Hearthstone.  It’s FREE, easy to learn, and fun!

Do the happy chicken dance!

Hearthstone iPad App Now Available – Not Just In Canada!.

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#YOHTAI – A Place For Hearthstone.. Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Posted by Yogizilla on April 17, 2014

Over at Geeky Antics we have been keeping busy reporting the latest #Hearthstone news.  We have info on how to get Hearthstone on the iPad or iPhone now.  We even have some sneak peeks for the upcoming Adventure Mode (Curse of Naxxramas), new cards, and shifts in the meta.  It’s an exciting time to be a geek – especially if you are on a budget!

Stan Faryna has started the #YOHTAI initiative as we prepare for some collaborative livestreams, special video series, and game nights.  Help us out by sharing your Battle Tag over at Geeky Antics and sharing via social media.  Tweet, Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Squidoo..  Whatever you use, get it out there – we can do it!

Our hope is that this will help us all find more worthy opponents where the competition is more balanced.  Matchmaking still leaves a bit to be desired on Hearthstone but we reckon the mobile apps and single-player content will change that a lot.  There’s also Arena Mode, which we highly recommend once you get a good grasp on the basics.

Show Stan some love.  Share this and leave comments with your BNet Battle Tag (in the format USERNAME#ID).  Feel free to leave your Twitter, Twitch, Skype, Raptr, and other pertinent social media stuff.

This is #1 of the series and we hope to see many more.  We can’t make it happen without you.  Let’s do this!

GAME ON!

Ye Olde #Hearthstone Tavern and Inn (16 April 2014) Issue No. 1.

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Review & Tips: Marvel Puzzle Quest By Demiurge

Posted by Yogizilla on November 15, 2013

Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign Preview Version

Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign is a puzzle fighting game much akin to Puzzle Figher. At first glance, people will think you are playing that horrribad, spammy game on Facebook called Candy Crush.. Or PopCap’s own Columns rip-off, Bejeweled. While this is another three-match puzzle game at heart, it’s differences are what make it truly shine.

First, here is the stuff that should be familiar or expected to most. Puzzle Quest is free to play but they monetize via the usual “pay to win”/”speed up your progression” value proposition. It is a social media enhanced game so sharing with and inviting friends does get you some loot. Paying players have an edge but the game is very balanced.

Now for the good stuff!

Puzzle Quest Virtual Economy And Core Mechanics

The standard format in Puzzle Quest is 3v3 but sometimes you will face one or two buffed-up opponents, like Venom, who can literally eat you whole if you are not careful. Damage is dealt by matching colors with higher values. The value or damage hits depend upon your team. If you assemble bruisers in your squad, color matches do more damage.

Color matches collect the tiles for AP (action/ability points) of the respective color. Typically, you need 6 or more of ay given color to really execute anything worthwhile. You will find that some heroes and villains have reduced AP costs the more you train those powers. For example, Venom’s stun, the Symbote Snare, costs 6 AP or less at higher levels.

To train powers, you can use matching covers or Hero Points. I do not recommend the latter as those points are best used for expanding your team size and cover storage (same thing). Hero Points are also hard to come by and ultimately cost money if you are in a pinch. You can only level up characters once their powers are trained. Each power level and rarity has it’s own level cap. The elusive isotope, ISO-8, is what you will typically use to level up your toons.

Sometimes, players will find themselves stuck. Fortunately, you can replay old missions to earn additional rewards. Some missions offer four distinct rewards but distribution is random. This means you will have to do some grinding.

Now, back to how damage is dealt.. Matching four of a color clears a lane and collects all AP in it. matching five or more earns you an extra move and massive opponent damage. Five-tile matches usually produce a critical tile, which increases damage dealt by 10-20% and serves as a wildcard.

As you can see, there is lots of depth here but there’s much more…

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CyGames Goes Full-On Retard With Rage Of Bahamut

Posted by Yogizilla on October 1, 2013

It’s time for a classic Yogizilla rant!

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Summertime Amelia - Rage of Bahamut

The latest update released for the uber popular Rage of Bahamut game on Mobage proves that CyGames has no clue what they are doing..  and they have possibly gone retarded on us (no offense to those that have actual mental challenges and aren’t just plain stupid).  For me, a guy that happens to love this game in spite of it’s growing pains, it almost seems like they are purposely trying to chase away gamers and lose money – it’s utter madness!

Rage of Bahamut got a significant update that gave the UI (graphical interface) a face-lift and forced annoying features on us while neglecting game mechanics and glaring issues the community has been very vocal about.  On my Android-based Samsung Galaxy tablet, I am unable to exit the game easily and the background music comes back no matter how many times I turn it off.  The foremost issue would be all right if I were able to jump right into the game any time but, instead, it times out and tells me pages are no available.  Enter the force close.

These issues alone have been enough for me to quit other Mobage games but it gets better, I mean, worse.  In an effort to monetize further, Cygames introduced a new currency system in Rage of Bahamut.  This system is overly-complicated and provides real benefit to the users. The system involves tokens, souls, virtue points, card sacrifices, and some other crap.

Thanks but I’ll pass.

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Games Yogizilla And NoF Are Playing: Shadow Era And League Of Legends

Posted by Yogizilla on October 29, 2012

Greetings duelists, strategists, geeks, and gamers – LTNS!

UPDATE:  Shadow Era still has double XP going.  May be a glitch but better rank up now.  Don’t miss the gold giveaways on Meltdown matchups!

It’s been several months since our last major update here on DPO.  I attribute it to my diligent work for Social Prize, where you can score free stuff and awesome deals, and a few choice games on the PC (Steam FTW), Android, and XBox 360.  I haven’t had as much time for gaming between projects, work and family but there are a few go-to games I can share with you.  There’s League of Legends, Shadow Era, Bad Blood, Air Mech, Hero Academy, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and Minecraft, just to name a few.

Today, we’ll briefly discuss the foremost: League of Legends and Shadow Era.  These are two games that I feel will provide tons of replay value without ending your marriage, getting you fired from work, or anything of the sort.  And if you like strategic gaming, these games both have plenty of depth yet they are easy to get into (Shadow Era more than LoL, though).

Morgana the Wicked (and Sexy) Witch from League of Legends

If you haven’t tried out League of Legends yet, this may entice you.

League Of Legends: A Less Elitist MOBA For Newbies And DotA Veterans Alike

I won’t go too deep into LoL right now because this game has become more popular than World of Warcraft – so you’ve probably heard of it!  Studies show that more people are playing LoL now than Warcrack/WoW.  This is the new form of digital crack for gamers on the PC (and I think Mac – get a PC).  It’s action-packed and can be enjoyed in long marathon sessions or small doses.  That’s enough to sell me on any game…  And it’s FREE.

League of Legends is one of the newer MOBA out there but it recently hit it’s stride in the past year or so.  This is a game of the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) genre.  If you are unfamiliar with RTS, RPG, or Hero Combat game mechanics, I would best describe a MOBA as a game where you control one champion or character while leading computer-controlled armies (creeps) into battle.

The object of the game is to establish land control or lane dominance, while collecting resources by killing enemy and neutral creeps and champions.  These resources allow you to buy items that give you more of an edge in solo or team battles (or help you escae from ambushes and base raids).  A team wins by destroying the enemy base/Nexus (Classic rules) or holding the most capture point (Domination.  Either way, controlling lanes ad keep areas is a sure-fire way to win.

League of Legends is a freemium game, which means it is free to play but, really, to get the full experiene you must purchase premium items (with Riot Points) or earn enough points to use in-game currency (Influence Points) to get champions you are better-suited for.  If you’d like to join me, sign up on the North American or EU-West servers, then look up Alizher or Yogizilla, respectively.  You can use my referral links below to earn us both some extra goodies:

http://signup.leagueoflegends.com/?ref=4fe0cabfb54fe161808978

I will warn you: LoL is a highly-competitive game so expect plenty of trolling and trash-talking.  It’s not for the faint of heart.

Once you get past the elitism, poor sportsmanship, lack of peer support, and flaming, the game is really fun.  I highly recommend using the “/ignore” command link liberally.  It also helps to play some private or AI/bot games before you jump into random pubs (public games).  Some players would say just jump right into real matches but it’s hard to learn the core mechanics, recipes, items, and champions of the game when you’re in 5v5 matches.  There’s just too much going on!

Katarina the Assassin from League of Legends

Katarina is one of my personal favorite champions.. She is as deadly as she is sexy, IMHO.

Shadow Era: A Fresh-New TCG Alternative For Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh, And Other Strategists

Shadow Era is a free TCG (tradeable card game) for the Android platform. It’s also on the PC but I haven’t played it there ye.  I’m sure there is an iOS version too (the Shadow Era web site says it’s available for iPhone)  but who REALLY games on an Apple platform?  Just saying.

This game offers a refreshing, unique experience for Magic The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and new TCG players alike.  Being a card game, decks are built around a unique champion and a minimum of 39 supporting cards.  There seems to be no deck limit but I recommend staying under 60 cards as a beginner.  Veteran players can build deck between 70 and 100 cards if they balance and tune their decks properly (though be ready for players to offer you advice about trimming down your deck LOL).  Remember: the more cards you have, the harder it becomes to predict your draws and establish strategies/combos that will help you win consistently.  This holds true for Yu-Gi-Oh!, MTG, Naruto, and just about any TCG.

In my opinion, this game is balanced very well because there are no over-powered or “broken” deck builds, though there are certainly some favorites.  Each turn, you are limited on what you can play by the amount of available resources you have.  Like Magic the Gathering and other TCGs, your resources are like mana or stamina, so they help keep the pace steady with little possibility of early wins or OTKs (one-turn kills).  Resources are stocked by discarding one card each turn so you have to choose carefully and think several moves ahead (yes, just like in chess).

The beauty of Shadow Era is that you heroes have special abilities powered by Shadow Energy.  Each turn, you earn one point of Shadow Energy, unless there is a special card in play modifying Shadow Energy build-up.  Saving your abilities for the right times is a critical skill you will develop.

My main hero is a female human mage.  I call her the frost mage because she can freeze and damage enemy allies.  She’s not as popular as it seems most are going human hunter or wolf anything right now.   I have noticed more frost mages lately, though, so she may be earning some respect now – w00t!

This game is around a year old and has a physical-card counterpart.  I recommend starting with the video game first to get a feel for what you like most.  You have the option of playing against AI or human opponents, both of which earn you experience points and gold (if you win).

I highly-recommend you download this game today.  There is an event running that gives you double XP and gold through Halloween.  This is the perfect opportunity to power level and earn enough cash to buy your favorite cards.  Speaking of which, one of the most brilliant features of the game is the merchant.  This marketplace allows players to sell cards they don’t need or want (you can only have four of each card in a deck) and buy the ones you DO want.  If you want to fast-track your deck-building and win more games early on, you can also buy theme decks and booster packs for Crystal Points.  Yes, like League of Legends and any freemium game, real money can be converted into non-refundable, play money. LOL

Now, there’s tons that I love about Shadow Era, especially after the recent October 2012 update (which was very much needed). There is now a friends list so be sure to add me – Alizher – I may change my name to Yogizilla there, if possible.. People keep thinking I’m German. ROFL

Here’s what I DON’T like about Shadow Era.  First and foremost, the game has terrible session management.  Sync issues can get so bad that you’ll lose half of your games just because you got disconnected.  Sometimes, you’ll click on cards and you’re not able to attack or anything.  I’ve lost most of my matches this way but there are also some REALLY good players out there, to be fair to them.

Another thing I don’t like is that the new Meltdown mode is mostly unplayable.  It’s a great concept and winners can earn part of weekly jackpots, which is awesome, but the mechanics need to be worked out a bit.  My biggest gripe is that you are not given nearly enough time to build you deck before matches so you essentially risk 200 gold with little odds of winning.

On a similar note, there’s currently no way of saving recipes.  Recipes would be a great way to build decks on-the-fly, especially when facing up against familiar foes in password-protected private games or doing the “sealed booster pack” duels in Meltdown.  If you’re one of the developers reading this, check out what Yu-Gi-Oh! has done in their 5D’s games on the DS and XBox 360: very clean an easy-to-use.

I also find that messaging is either lacking or really buggy. In general, interaction is minimal and I think the folks behind Shadow Era would be smart to integrate social media in some way, creating new opportunities to earn in-game currencies via referrals, reviews, sweepstakes, and contests.

With all this in mind, I still wholeheartedly recommend this game to anyone, even if you are not much for TCGs.  I’ve been trying to get my best friend Andy to get over his disdain for TCG and supposed lack of “real action” and animation.  I get that but there’s something to be said for simplicity and a greater focus on gameplay over fluff like visuals and sounds.

Shadow Era has tons of replay value and the game rewards their most active players with the promise of more events and the risk of losing your ratings thanks to the new decay game mechanic.  I applaud their coding work on matchmaking as you’ll rarely face up against someone much better than you.  This makes Shadow Era VERY newbie-friendly.

One last wishlist item: fixing sync/lag/drop is an absolute MUST but I know many of us Shadow Era aficionados are hoping for new support items and allies, especially ones to counter wolf/wulven decks.  While I stand by the fact that the game is very well-balanced, there’s no doubt that wolf packs are preferred and there’s less incentive to try out new deck builds.

UPDATE:  Another thing that really gets me is that, when playing on Android, the game goes to sleep or will even close when you quickly tab to another app.  This results in instant losses and severe rating dings.  I once dropped from close to a 200 rating to a 67 rating.  WTF??

I find that Lone Wolf builds are so effective, that one in four matches (and that’s generous) will pit you against one.  There are many unique deck builds out there but most of what we see is tried-and-true, hard-to-counter stuff. Some food for thought there!

Here are some screenshots, though they do not really communicate how awesome this game is:

Aldon The Brave from Shadow Era

Aldon The Brave increases the attack of all friendly allies by 1, which can be really effective when swarming.. Sucks to be on the receiving end.

Jasmine Rosecult from Shadow Era

Jasmine Rosecult rocks.. She charms enemy allies and keeps them from attacking.. And she has a nice arse.

Download Shadow Era For PC/Mac, Android, or iOS Herehttp://www.shadowera.com/download.php

As the developers, Wulven Game Studios, describe the game…

Shadow Era is a free to play, online collectible trading card game. It features deep strategy, easy gameplay, and gorgeous card art. Create your account now to play on the web right in your browser, or on the iPhone, iPad or Android devices and take your progress with you wherever you go!

It’s a pretty spot-on assessment!

My favorite thing here is that cross-platform really means you can access the same account on any device that is supported!

Help Me Out By Supporting Social Prize, My New Site And Startup

Social Prize is a new kind of site that combines social networking, game mechanics, and sweepstakes/contests to give our community a place to have fun, save money, and WIN!  If you like winning free stuff, discovering new products and brands, and saving money, come check us out:

http://socialprize.com/sweepstakes

Right now, our focus is on #sweepstakes but we have plans for minigames, contests, easter egg hunts, and more fun activities.  Let us know what you think and connect with us on Twitter!

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Brink: Is It The First Person Shooter You’ve Been Waiting For?

Posted by Yogizilla on May 10, 2011

Now that I’ve logged a good amount of play time in the first two days of “Brinkdom”, I’d like to preface my excitement with a bit of a reality check…

Replay value and the length of a video game are certainly key elements that add value to an offering. In the case of Brink, jaded gamers may say it’s too short. If you want to be overly-critical, the game doesn’t have a very deep story nor does it have plenty of gameplay modes upon release. I think it all works well and, if I know Splash Damage well enough, they’re going to find ways to keep Brink fresh and fun.

If you’re like my cousin and Brink reminds you of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, good observation! That’s arguably Splash Damage’s most well-known work. We won’t talk about Quake Wars so, really, this is their first real console entry. They’re going to want to do some big things here and Brink is set up to be expandable and user-driven. I’d say any shortcoming cited on this article are purely first impressions and not final in any way. Brink definitely feeds a very real need in a marketplace littered with clones and crap…

It’s been yet another busy day for me but I did manage to log a couple of hours on Brink. In a few words, it is well worth the money as far as I am concerned. Brink is Bethesda’s take on the FPS genre and, thanks to their experience with the Elder Scrolls and Fallout series (and teaming up with Splash Damage), there are some very welcomed RPG elements.

I’d compare Brink with some of my other favorite XBox 360 shooters: Borderlands, Team Fortress 2, Gears of War 3, and Rainbow Six Vegas 2. I’d say it is more akin to the foremost than the latter. While the game stands out on it’s own, the deep character customization, class-based obejctiive focus, and team-focused game mechanics should be familiar to the seasoned shooter veteran. Bethesda has done the impossible by weaving the Brink story into virtually every gameplay option.

I’m really excited about Brink but let’s dig deeper because, really, this game is not for everyone… Read the rest of this entry »

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NDS Goodness: Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2007, Pokemon Diamond & Pearl

Posted by Yogizilla on May 13, 2007

Well, I couldn’t keep it up any longer. My Nintendo DS beckoned and I heeded it’s call. If you read my last blog entry, you know that I purchased a few awesome games after trying really hard not to budge. I simply must to discuss two in particular: Pokemon Pearl/Diamond and Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship 2007. Before I say anything, I want to let you guys know that these games are both good entries for new players so don’t be shy. If you like strategic gaming, role-playing games, TCGs, or anything of the sort, give these games a try. Hey – that rhymes!

Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2007

From the start, even the most casual Yu-Gi-Oh! fans may notice that this game is totally about the new wave of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards – the GX Series! While this is very much true, the beauty of this game is that, with over 1600 cards to collect, it is the most complete Yu-Gi-Oh! game to date, hence why it is the platform of choice for the World Championship coming up in June 2007! Duelists of all types can find something that appeals to them in this installment. I admit that there have been some lousy, lackluster installments in the series but this game returns to the grass roots of portable/handheld system Yu-Gi-Oh!: a focus on dueling, strategizing, and deck building. No worrying about exploring vast areas, going through many drawn-out cinematics, and having countless “gimme” battles – Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2007 is a challenge from start to finish, packed with lots of dueling action!

Now, before I proceed, I will let you in on a little secret: I am a very picky gamer. As a game designer and writer, I tend to analyze games and judge them on a different scale. For me, a great game has to have high replay value, fluid gameplay, variety, and, wherever possible, a strong human element (even good AI gets boring and predictable after a while). Both the latest Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! games for the Nintendo DS meet this criteria.

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Coming Attractions: Spellcaster Deck, Pokemon Pearl, Yu-Gi-Oh Championship, and YDP-DPO Customer Perks

Posted by Yogizilla on May 12, 2007

If you haven’t been very active on Yu-Gi-Oh! Online you may have missed the release of yet another awesome themed duelpass. The Spellcasters Union Deck seems to be yet another response to the growing demand of the community. The E-Hero Deck was a huge success and I can see this deck being an even bigger success. While the previous duelpass deck provided an experience for the newer duelists and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX fans, this deck promises to offer more old-school flavors, fused with some newer cards.

Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl - Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Screenshot

Dark Magician and the girl of similar title.. Now THAT'S kicking it old-school!

If you are a big fan of Yami Yugi’s style of dueling, this new theme deck will definitely be a nice addition to your trunk. Like the previous E-Hero Deck, this duelpass gives you an entire deck (in much the same manner Structure Decks offer duelists vital cores for their recipes) upon first use. Each additional duelpass, if you can get your hands on more than one, gives you additional cards in the series…

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Duel School: How To Play Yu-Gi-Oh!

Posted by Yogizilla on March 15, 2007

It took a little while longer than I had hoped but I finally completed the Duel School page, which will be a great resource for new (yes, learn how to play Yu-Gi-Oh! on this new page) and casual duelists alike. Heck, this approach to dueling may give even old school Yu-Gi-Oh! players a fresh, new perspective. I personally hope it helps debunk some of the myths of the game while showing people that the game is easy to learn, fun to play, and good for anyone that likes TCG’s or strategic games in general. I always say this: Yu-Gi-Oh! is a game that can be easily learned yet offers enough complexity for even the most advanced gaming strategists.

I enjoyed putting together this information though, I must admit, WordPress was being very naughty. I almost lost all my work somehow and then the formatting was stripped out of everything. I will be polishing up the page a bit and hopefully citing more external resources to help you with your homework. Speaking of homework, I will also be finding ways to tie in the Duel Challenges page to give all of you out there a fresh new way to learn and re-learn the game. I think everyone could stand to learn more by returning to the basics, really!

As part of the launch of this major new section, I am asking folks in the gaming community to guest blog for us, help us collect Yu-Gi-Oh! resources, and share any feedback you may have. Promoting our efforts definitely goes a long way! Perhaps if we all work a little bit here and there, on a consistent basis, we can hit the 25K mark by the end of this month and set a more aggressive goal for next month. At this rate, I think we can very well do it.

All I know is that all this fun stuff has caught my partner-in-crime’s eye so hopefully Ugocean will grace us with his presence. He’s been terribly busy with back-end stuff and some other projects we have going on. We’ve pretty much decided that anything that is PR, customer service, or content-related is my department. He’s enjoying his time with servers, analytics, PHP, and a guy named Jobi. We love you Ugocean!

Thanks to all of you that have sent me e-mail messages and comments here on WordPress, MySpace, and other places. Some of you have requested training so I hope our duel school gives you a good place to start. If you want to set up an online meetup, your best bet is e-mailing me or using our challenges area. Don’t be shy: I love receiving and responding to messages, so long as they are nice and not mere spam! I am looking forward to your response on this initiative and the other goodies we are working on. Good times, good times… =o)

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The 25K Campaign: Now You Can Make Yu-Gi-Oh! More Popular

Posted by Yogizilla on March 14, 2007

The other day I decided it had been a while since I ran some extensive web analytics and I must say that I am pleased to see that sites I maintain, contribute to, and support all dominate the top of the search results.  Looking at the numbers and seeing the interest in the game grow right before my eyes (the truth is in the pudding, after all) really inspired me. Aside from making me want to duel more, it makes me want to continue my work as a sort of Yu-Gi-Oh! Online evangelist. Spread the good news of Yu-Gi-Oh, my brothers and sisters – spread it far and wide!

I know this sounds like a journal entry and, for the most part it is, but it is also a call to duty. Your call to duty is this: spread the word about this blog to everyone you know and everyone they know. Our blog does not have ads and is completely pure (the way a blog should be, IMHO). The only profit we stand to make is just making the Yu-Gi-Oh! community that much stronger. Sure, it’ll help if people click through to partner sites but sales conversions over blogs is hardly a viable strategy. I can sincerely say that we are campaigning for the good of Yu-Gi-Oh! here, not mere personal profit; the more traffic we get, the more exposure the game gets.  A major portion of our traffic comes from keyword searches that aren’t even specific to Yu-Gi-Oh! sometimes.  As a result, I am adding more tags here as we speak!

It’s funny but, when we first started this blog, it was meant to be a sales support channel for DPO then, when YDP and DPO merged, it evolved naturally. People started to give us great response about our unique perspective on the game and they liked our friendly approach to things. If you go to sites like TCGplayer.com, they have more of the typical elitist writers. If you aren’t winning well-known tournaments, you can’t even be their friends (good luck getting an e-mail response from them too). We’re trying to keep the snobbery out of the game and making the Yu-Gi-Oh! community more inviting because, to the non-dueling world, we are mostly disgruntled, anti-social nerds yet it is VERY much about the social interaction, the gathering, to us at YDP-DPO and many people we know!

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