Game of Thrones S07E02 Thoughts

I watched the latest episode of GOT last night, so before I give my comments on the episode, here’s the trailer for episode 3:

If you haven’t watched episode 2, stop reading now.

**** SPOILER ALERT ****

Still here? Ok, here’s what I thought of the episode:

1. The Sand Snakes are gone 😦 Yes, one survived (for now), but they’re basically gone. Pity, would have loved watching them kick ass.

2. Nymeria didn’t follow Arya. Again, this is for now, but I was hoping of a better reunion. At least Arya is on the way back to Winterfell, can’t wait for her reunion with Sansa.

3. The Sand Snakes are gone 😦

4. Euron Greyjoy is a badass. He was just chopping down everyone for fun.

5. How did Yara’s fleet get caught so off guard? Yes, it was night, but Euron knew where to look.

6. Balerion was a huge Dragon. 

7. One of the dragons will die, prob not Drogon though.

8. Lyanna Mormont is a badass, she steals every scene she’s in.

9. The Sand Snakes are gone 😦

10. Is Dorne out of the picture now?

11. Theon the wimp. Will he ever redeem himself?

12. Poor Ellaria. 

Looking forward to episode 3.

Links:

Game of Thrones Wiki 

Official Website

GOT Youtube

George RR Martin Website

SW GOH: Heroic Rancor Solo

If you’ve been following my posts, then you should know that my Guild has been doing Heroic Rancor since Feb, and that my Han Solo has been maxed for quite a while already. However, the Rancor raid is still important coz of the gear you get. 

Since my Han is maxed, I usually just target top 10 placing for the better gear drops, but I am capable of soloing the raid. I’ve done that with two diff squads, here’s the first:

This was done with the “traditional” Rancor solo squad. Problem with the above is that it’s tedious and even though you can auto certain portions on basic attack only, it’s pretty much manual work, and it’s long, takes close to an hour. I’ve only done this once just to prove I could solo it, but I’m prob not gonna bother again. Plus this run got a bit scary coz I lost TFP in P4. Maybe it’ll be better if my Phasma gears up.

The above was done a few days ago and I finally got my Zader team to work. This lineup still requires manual work but it’s a bit faster. Notice that Rex scores less damage on this lineup compared to the first one, so that alone shows how much faster this squad is. My GMT will prob do better once he’s geared up more. 

I’ll prob be experimenting with diff lineups somewhere down the line. Will post updates when that happens.

Links:

GOH Links

Cartoons I Watched Growing Up

Nowadays, the only cartoon I watch is Star Wars Rebels, but when I was growing up, man, there were tons of cartoons that I watched. So this post is dedicated to the ones I liked.

Transformers

Naturally, the first one on the list is my fave cartoon of all time, Transformers.

This is one cartoon that should have lasted longer, too bad the popularity of this series was driven by the merchandise, and when all the licensing issues got in the way, the cartoon had to stop. I had a bunch of Transformers toys, never got Megatron or Optimus Prime though, but I did have Starscream, the Aerialbots and the Stunticons. I had Jazz also but he was sold off to my brother’s friend some years back. The deal was too good to say no to, plus I did need the cash anyway. The rest of my collection is somewhere at my parents’ place, provided my brother hasn’t sold it all off already, hahaha.

Anyway, back in the day, when I first got hooked on Transformers, they weren’t showing it on TV yet so I had to rely on the videos I rented from the video store (remember those? Can’t find them anymore). Was so happy when they finally started showing it on TV. It was so difficult to watch stuff back then, if you had no VCR with timer recording capabilities, you’d end up missing everything.

Read about the cartoon series here.

Robotech

Next up is my second favorite cartoon, Robotech.

I really loved this series, watched all episodes, bought the novels, comics, sourcebooks, everything. This is another cartoon that came to an abrupt end due to various issues. Up till today, they’re still trying to sort out what happened after Scott Bernard left earth, and there’s been various versions.They’ve also been talking bout making a live-action movie for years. Nothing in sight yet though despite all the talk.

Read more bout Robotech here.

GI Joe

GI Joe, another popular 80s cartoon, and also another one of my faves. There’s been several GI Joe cartoons but nothing beats the original.

The only thing I didn’t like about this series was the use of “lasers” instead of normal ammunition, but since it was a cartoon, they had to make it child-friendly. Wonder how lasers are considered child-friendly though.This cartoon was made into a live-action movie, but the less said about that the better.

If you have time, do look out for the GI Joe comics, some of those were really good, and there’s been various incarnations of the comics with various storylines. Snake Eyes is always deadly in all of them though.

Read more about GI Joe here.

Mask

The Mobile Armored Strike Kommand (with a K not a C).

Another series that was very much toy-driven, and another series that died out when toy sales went down. I still have my MASK toys at my parents’ place actually, unless my brother has sold it off or something. Probably worth quite a bit now. Must say that the MASK toys were one of the better designed toys out there. Most of what you saw on TV was replicated nicely to the toy (unlike the Transformers toys that had such huge disparity in sizes).  The only thing you didn’t have was the mask dropping on the driver’s head, haha. I remember one episode, was a bit funny seeing the mask drop down on the motorcycle (Condor) rider’s head.

Read more about it here. You can also read my earlier post about MASK here.

Thundercats

Another series I diligently watched, and another that was also quite toy driven. The only difference between this and other toy-driven series was that Thundercats actually had a real good story line. The toy was a bit crappy though, too big, too chunky, and too rigid.

Read more about it here.

Saber Rider

Finally, a cartoon that I believe wasn’t toy-driven.

I loved this cartoon, good story lines, and not too cheesy. Peter Cullen was also the voice of the ship, Ramrod. That name sound familiar? Heh. I remember the first time I heard Ramrod speak during the transformation sequence. I knew who the voice belonged to and I made it a point to look through the credits to see if I was right, and when I saw the name, I knew I was. This series was another one that was originally done in Japan under a diff name and concept and turned into something different (and better) in the US.

Read bout the cartoon here.

Others

There are other cartoons that I want to highlight, but I’m rushing a bit here so I’ll just mention the names and maybe one day I’ll write about it.

He-Man, Starcom, BraveStarr, Silverhawks, Centurions, Ninja Turtles, Dastardly and Muttley, Pirates of Dark Water, Galaxy Rangers, and Visionaries. I’ll post bout them sometime in the near future (hopefully).

Game of Thrones: Season 7 Episode 2 Preview

So I have this habit, my blog sometimes stays quiet for weeks, and when I start posting, there’s multiple updates a day.

Anyway, I’ve been following GOT since the beginning, and no, I’m not one of those who jumped on the bandwagon when the series became popular. I watched the first episode when it was released, liked what I saw and continued watching until today, and this is with me not knowing who George R.R. Martin was until after I started watching the TV series. And no, I still haven’t read the books yet, purists can say what they want but I like good television.

Ok, whole point of this post is to post the link to the trailer for episode 2, check it out below:

Episode 1 was awesome. Yes, it was a “setup” episode for things to come, but it was done really well. I was expecting Arya to slaughter Ed Sheeren and gang though, but that didn’t happen.

I usually hate Mondays, but now that GOT is in-season, I kinda look forward to it. FYI, because of the time zone I’m in, GOT comes out in the morning here, so I can only watch it at night when I get back from work.

Can’t wait for episode 2. Looks like Arya finds Nymeria, that’ll be one hell of a reunion. 

Links:

Game of Thrones Wiki
Official website
GOT Youtube
George RR Martin Website

Uncharted 4 

So I stumbled upon the video below, this was how they did the awesome car chase scene in Uncharted 4.

This video made me realize that I haven’t posted anything on Uncharted yet, despite naming it as one of my top 12 games (link to that post below). I mentioned in that post that Uncharted was the main reason I got a PS3, and I was a bit upset when U4 could only be played on the PS4. 

So it took me quite a while to get the PS4, and when I finally got it earlier this year, I started playing Fallout 4 first (I’m a bigger fan of the Fallout series), and a few months back, I started playing U4. Didn’t take me that long to finish the game considering I wasn’t going all out (gaming priority is still on Galaxy of Heroes).

So I’m not gonna give an in-depth game review, but what I will say is that the game was great. 

Nevermind the fact that the action sequences can defy logic (it’s a game after all). 

Nevermind the fact that Nate (the hero) had to struggle to get anywhere but the bad guys somehow were always magically there. 

Nevermind the fact that how the pirates managed to build their hidden city defies the laws of time and logistics (an island with buildings,  infrastructure and furniture like that? God knows how they got all the material to a remote island, let alone build everything).

The.Game.Was.Great. 

Play it. 

Links:

My earlier post on my top 12 games

Uncharted Series

SW GOH: HAAT Update

So my Guild had another HAAT raid last night, and for the first time, I managed to finish second and got the following rewards:

Yeah, I also got second coz some of heavy hitters didn’t hit, but that’s the way raids work, blink and you miss it.  Quite a decent drop for the rewards, and it allowed me to put two gears on my Fives:

Not gonna get him to gear XI all that soon coz I’m focusing on other toons, but still, good gear drop.

Anyway, managed to get some personal bests last night, first up, the clones:


Yeah, it’s only a 200k increase from my last raid, but it’s still a personal best. Almost got Jawa Scavanger to gear IX (farming the damned stun cuffs, last gear needed to go up a level), but the additional pieces of gear I put on him since the last raid made a diff. Him surviving longer means 212 has a better chance of hitting non stop.

My Chirpatine did a lot better too. I need to gear up my 3 tanks and get better mods on them to make this squad better.

Finally, my Rebels. This was my 2nd run, first run had bad RNG. Need to figure a way to improve this damage.

Next HAAT should be on Monday night, let’s see what happens then.

Links below as usual.

Links:

Previous HAAT Update
GOH Links

SW GOH: HAAT Progress

Been more than a month since my guild started doing HAAT, and I’ve made a bit of progress since the first raid. We’ve just finished our 9th raid and we managed to do it in 3 and a half hours, that’s a far cry from the 36 hours for our first raid.

Just gonna share the damage of my main squads:

First up, the droids for P2:


This is one of my crappiest squads (Only the Jedis are worse, and don’t count the makeshift squads). All of them are stuck at gear VIII so no surprise that their damage is bad. Once I finish my P3 squad, I’m gonna see what I can do bout them. For now, I just tweak the mods every now and then.


This damage was from the raid tonight. My clones have made the biggest progress, from 300k in the first raid to 2.8 mil as per above. Getting all of them to gear X made the big diff, an increase of 1 mil damage from the previous raid. Need to gear up Scavanger though. For now, I’ll slowly get them to gear XI and tweak the mods every now and then

This squad needs lots of improvement. Ironically, I was getting 600k damage with Teebotine. Need to boost up Sun Fac and get better mods for the rest, this will be my next focus.

My Rebels, all time faves. Sadly, this was from the last raid and I only got 1.4 mil tonight, bad RNG. Farming stun cuffs for Leia and once that’s done, I can concentrate on the Chirpatine squad. Will prob have to tweak the mods also, had to restart 4 times tonight coz Leia kept on dying.

Aside from the squads above, I also have a Zader squad, but the damage is not worth mentioning. Need lotsa work this squad.

I’m also farming Finn to round up my resistance squad, but he’s a few weeks away, plus I’ll have to level, mod and gear up the rest of the Resistance too, only Rey is ready. My best estimate is a month and a half to get them ready.

Need to start getting better damage, my 4th place finish tonight was my best (thanks to the clones), but I’m usually 5-7. Better placing means better rewards.

And the endless grind continues.

Btw, Ewoks events this week, let’s see how much changes there’ll be.

Links below:

GOH Links