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200!

I think the last time an anniversary for this website came round, I simply missed it. Only more reason to make up for it this time and announce the 201st post in a big way! That’s right, 201st, as the sad story about Warcraft-TCG.de’s downtime marked the 200th post. Anyway, this website is live since April 2009 and that means I managed to write more than 100 posts per year, which doesn’t sound too bad.

Let’s reminisce a bit; if you take a closer look at the archive of April ’09, you’ll see some similarities between my situation back then and what’s happening with my life just now. April ’09 marked a big change for me as I left Upper Deck, my first real employer (as a result, my weekly column Unter den Hut geschaut took a pretty long break and I’m glad it’s back). Now, I’m still in the process of setting up my own business which is a little like looking for jobs (as you’re constantly looking for clients).

In the past (almost) 2 years, I went through 2 different jobs and learned quite a lot (not only work-wise, but also about myself and life in general). My website was supposed to be taken down at some point last year, but I made sure it survived. It’s one of the many channels I like to use to express myself and became very dear to me. I’m sorry for having neglected it a little – some sections could certainly need a make-over.

At the moment, I’m still fighting the good fight with state agencies that seem to be reluctant when it comes to supporting my business. I’m trying to be patient, waiting for a friend to join my business and take over acquisition of new possible clients, something I don’t quite excel in. Word of mouth has less of an effect compared to what I hoped for, so I’ll need to get familiar with more techniques to acquire new possible customers. Something that annoys me to no end as I “just want to work”.

Don’t get me wrong, there are also a number of upsides to this whole thing. I found the time to go on an amazing weekend trip the past Friday to Sunday and I’ll head off to Leipzig the upcoming Friday to prepare for the World of Warcraft TCG World Cup (a team event). I’m happy that I won’t have to ask for days off and can just “go for it” when I feel like it. Then again, I’ll need to make a living somehow and my 1337 WoW TCG skills don’t really pay for the bills. If you have some fancy ideas that seem right for me and maybe know a few magazines or websites that could need a crazy writer, by all means please let me know.

Words of encouragement sent my way are also appreciated and while you’re at it, you could also send some more customers my way. Sometimes it’s hard to not forget that this is the path I have chosen and that there are a number of worse situations one could imagine. After all, I do make a living with a lot of things I love. It’s just that I feel I’ve got infinite potential and at the moment, I’m accessing a mere 50% of it (at best). I still need to finish writing a novel (something else I started in 2009, but haven’t had the time to continue lately – “lately” as in “the past 10 months”), a stand up comedy and a rap song. I guess these are some good goals to set for myself before I’ll publish a “300!” post (it will most likely come with some sort of “Sparta” reference).

Until then, I hope you’ll all continue to follow my website, provide me with some feedback (by the way, this website counts 199 comments at this very moment, so you can be the 200th to comment!) or stay in touch via Facebook / Twitter and on the various message boards I’m active on.

P.S.: Speaking of other sites I’m active on, go check out the BootcampLE.de website that I’ve set up the past few days and let me know what you think!

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Unter den Hut geschaut: Upper Deck’s loss of the Yu-Gi-Oh! license|Unter den Hut geschaut: Der Lizenzverlust von Upper Deck

I asked my dear readers if they were interested in the story of how Upper Deck lost the Yu-Gi-Oh! license (as I stumbled upon an article about the issue). The feedback was very positive, so I tried to sum up all the important happenings in the “the biggest thing in Yu-Gi-Oh! history”.

My research brought up some stuff that almost sounds unbelievable – although I knew quite a lot about it, I was still caught by surprise at times. You can find it all in my weekly column: Unter den Hut geschaut: Upper Deck’s loss of the Yu-Gi-Oh! license.

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Suppe für den soul – Realm Champs tournament report|Suppe für den soul – Turnierbericht RC5 Ersatzturnier

Last weekend, the Realm Championship Season 5 took place. Or at least it was supposed to; due to the licensing situation between Upper Deck and Blizzard, no official tournament could be held. Instead, the tournament organizer from Reutlingen, Matthias Jedele, took it into his own hands to run a tournament.

The “inofficial Realm Champs” attracted 53 players and pretty much all of the better German, Swiss and Austrian players showed up (well, OK, only 1 Austrian showed up). I was lucky enough to make it to the tops, but lost in the quarter finals.

You can read a lot more about the tournament in my tournament report that will be published as part of my weekly column (that’s taking a break from its break): Suppe für den soul – Realm Champs tournament report.

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Open letter to Upper Deck|Offener Brief an Upper Deck

My team, the Bootcamp L.E. has put together an open letter directed to Upper Deck. This way, we wanted to make the company aware of some things that are extremely disappointing to us.

We started an online petition and already saw more than 150 players signing it. Additionally, we were already able to add a Dutch translation thanks to the help of Jeffrey Verwoerd. We hope to see more of the amazing support and would like you to sign it, too!

You can find the open letter here.

P.S.: In case you wanna spread the word on Twitter, please make use of the Hash Tag #WoWTCGPetition!

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What a year!|Was für ein Jahr!

First things first: Merry Christmas to everyone!

It’s been quite a year – yeah, this might sound a little weird as there’s still another week to go, but I want to get this blog post done now as it’s highly unlikely that I’ll find the time next week. The most obvious new development (looking at things from the perspective of the webmaster of this page) is that I got my own homepage. Yay! It’s been a project I wanted to start quite a while ago and I’m glad I eventually did in April. While I haven’t really taken (I want to avoid the term “found”) the time to keep this blog as up to date as I wanted it to be, I hope it was still able to entertain you from time to time and give you some updates about what’s happening in my life.

Speaking of which… back in April, when this whole thing went online, I was still employed by Upper Deck. After more than 4 years, this relationship came to an end in June and I had to look for a new job. It’s been the first time I had to look for a job and I want to thank all the great people who helped me writing applications, making connections, etc. Without all your help, this would not only have been infinitely harder, I think I would have also been a lot less successful.

Eventually, I was hired by Station54, a Berlin based company doing Community Management; mainly for Electronic Arts. At first, this had been an amazing job, but it eventually came to a close at the end of October (I blogged about this: 4 Months with BattleForge). Well, I learned a lot regardless and my CV looked a little better as I could then claim I had been working as an Event Manager, Community Manager, Translator, Author, Customer Service Rep and some more stuff. Seems like life turned into a hunt for fancy job titles…

In the past 2 months, I was looking for a job again and I’m glad that I can now tell you that I’ve found an awesome new opportunity! Starting January the 4th, I’ll be doing Online Marketing for smava. It’s the market leader in a pretty new field; it allows you to get a credit financed by other people rather than by a bank (in case you’re interested, you should check out the homepage: smava.de). As this is quite new for me as well, the employment is only of limited duration. However, if I do good, I can turn this into something permanent, so wish me luck (any tips are welcome!). I have to say this is quite an amazing Christmas present.

Fortunately, life’s not all about work. I’m more than happy that I spent the whole year with the same girl and I couldn’t be asking for more. In case you weren’t lucky enough to meet Wincy so far, stop by whenever you’re in Berlin and I’ll be glad to introduce her to you.

What else? Well, I not only kept up my work for the Card Master and the Kartefakt, I’m recently writing for an English magazine, the Yu-Gi-Oh! World, too! On top of that, I’m still writing weekly columns. While my Yu-Gi-Oh! column Unter den Hut geschaut ended (thanks to Upper Deck’s loss of the Yu-Gi-Oh! licence), I started a new World of Warcraft TCG column on Warcraft-TCG.de: Suppe für den soul. I also stepped in for another author and continued the column for players new to the WoW TCG: Der Versammlungsstein. So even when I was without a “real” job, I was rather busy.

All in all, it has been quite a year. I’m glad I was able to make new friends, spend so much time with my existing friends, have a blast playing the WoW TCG and that things turned out the way they did. I’m more than certain that 2010 will be even more exciting!

I’ll celebrate the turn of the years in Leipzig with my best friends and I hope you’ll also have a blast partying into the new year!

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Live-Coverage Austrian WoW TCG Nationals|Live-Coverage der Österreichischen WoW TCG Meisterschaft

I’ll leave shortly to catch a plane. Just wanted to let you guys know that I’ll be doing the (hopefully) live coverage of the Austrian WoW TCG Nationals tomorrow. As always, the content will be published on Warcraft-TCG.de.

Additionally, I’ll also try to keep you up to date with a live-feed from my Twitter account (soul_warrior) so you might want to check that.

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Coverage Realm Championship Season 3

Yesterday, the Realm Championship Season 3 final took place. We had a great winner with Patrick Binka who won this tournament series the third time in a row now! I provided live coverage on site and was able to provide a few good insights of what was going on. At least I hope so, but 18 articles in a 17 hour day is quite something, so give it a look.

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