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Semi Secret Marriage|Halb-Geheime Heirat

It is done! A few days ago, on the 10th of October, I married my long-time (in just a month, it’s already been 6 years) girlfriend Wincy. We celebrated with just a select few friends and members of my family (7 adults and 2 kids, not counting the marriage registrar) and we’ve only told a few more friends (maybe 40 people, probably less) upfront. Since very few of you think of me as a secretive person, I wanted to spare a few words and explain why.
(Despite the fact that up to this point, no one has approached me in a “Man, Oli, why didn’t you invite me? Or at least tell me?!” way.)

Reason #1: I’m gonna be a father!

My son's growing fast!

My son’s growing up fast!

“Man, Oli, why the fuck didn’t you tell me?!??!!”

Yeah, yeah, I know. Sorry, I would have preferred telling the world, but my better half wasn’t the biggest fan of that plan. That’s why I’m sharing the good news “better late than never” and I hope you can still appreciate it and celebrate with us.

It’s gonna be a boy and he’s due on the 3rd of January, 2015. Unfortunately, most of the people I know that have been born in January are somewhat moody (understandable, it’s way too cold in that month and if your first glimpse of the world you’ll be living in for the rest of your life is such an unwelcoming environment, it will most likely affect you in some ways), but I’m hopeful that my son can be the exception to the rule and he’ll be a very happy person.

Reason #2: Family Issues

My wife (I’m not yet used to saying / typing this) has a somewhat torn relationship with her side of the family. It would have looked more than just a little awkward if one of the newlyweds invited 40 people and the other person only brought 1, so we decided to both invite very few people.

We want to have a “real celebration” at some later point. After

  • our son is born and doing fine
  • we moved to a place where we’ll have more space for a family
  • Wincy will also be able to “properly celebrate” again
  • the “situation” on one side of the family tree has been resolved to a healthy degree

No worries, it’s not like all of those conditions have to be met for us to “properly celebrate”.

I’ll add pictures of the celebration once I get my hands on them. I focused on some other tasks, like “making sure that all the mobile phones are switched off”, “ensuring that we brought the rings”, “packing the IDs”, etc. I’m certain that the pictures turned out great since we all had a good time.

What else is new? Wincy is doing fine considering the circumstances. She’s sleeping quite a bit and very often, she’s not able to make it to work. Fortunately, her employer is very understanding.
My business on the other hand is still going great. I’ve surpassed the goal I’ve set for myself at the start of the year (turnover of 40 k €) already, so I’m now reaching for some stretch goals rather than “taking it slow” – it’s better to aim for an eagle and hit a pidgeon instead of aiming for a pidgeon and hitting a rock.
I’ll soon™ relaunch my business website and I also want to maintain a somewhat active company blog then. That’s the plan at least, but I’m hopeful that there will be some reason coming along that foils it again… 😉

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He’s back!|Er ist zurück!

Me? No, of course not, why would I talk about myself in the third person? It’s not like I ever do that

Rated-V.comNah, I’m talking about my friend Vasco, who – after a long absence – got back into blogging. He asked me to help him setting up a personal blog and here it is: Rated-V.com.

We started working on the page on Saturday and today, after less than a week, the site went live and there’s already a first post appearing. A great result and I hope Vasco will gain a strong following and his blog will rise in popularity fast!

Oh, and while you’re here, I did actually go over the about me page (because it was broken) and I added a few bits here and there. I will soon™ update this page a little more, I promise…

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Carte Shutdown|Carte wird eingestellt

Earlier this week, publisher OnNet Europe announced the Shutdown of their online TCG Carte. Despite the fact that they discontinued the Affiliate Program that my company managed back in February, this came as somewhat of a surprise to me.

In case you want to dig a little deeper and learn more about the matter, I recommend Björn Hornemann’s blog. He used to be the Head of Marketing and Business Development back when Carte launched in the US and Germany, so his insights are rather interesting.

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Die Menge wartet nur noch auf DICH…

Hier gibt es einen geheimnisvollen Teaser der Teaserseite für euch (die hier nicht ganz so gut wirkt, daher besser den Link klicken!):

Was glaubt ihr worum es geht?

Update: Mittlerweile ist TCG-Arena.de live. Tretet herein und habt Spaß!

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The Carte Affiliate Program is live!|Carte startet mit eigenem Affiliate-Programm

CarteRoughly a month ago, I gave you a first preview of Carte. I hope you’ve been following the game ever since as a lot has happened in the meantime!

Basically, Carte has had quite the run ever since I first got in touch with the game. The developers worked day and night to ensure everything was ready for the big closed Beta Phase that is currently underway. You can still sign up for Carte, but the servers will be shut down come Thursday and everything will be reset. Then, a few more patches will be implemented, before the game will proceed with the public Beta. The big difference? Whatever you achieve during the public Beta, you’ll keep for the final release of the game shortly after!

Alright, the game is quite appealing and it will soon go live. So what’s that interesting news I kept mentioning? Well, OnNet Europe is exploring several ways to draw more players into Carte. One of them is Affiliate Marketing. In case you’re not familiar with the concept, here’s how it works in a nutshell: You can advertise Carte on your website. If somebody clicks on your ad and signs up, you’ll get a small reward! In other words: You do something for the game you enjoy playing AND you earn money at the same time!

Sign up for Carte now!

If this sounds appealing to you, be sure to check out my company website where I’m explaining how to sign up for the Affiliate Program.

P.S.: I’m afraid we can only add German speaking websites to the program as we’re only responsible for the German version of Carte at this time. I’ll let you know if and when that changes.

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Coverage YCS Leipzig / WoW DMF Cannes

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series came to Leipzig, Germany!Last weekend, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series came to Germany for the 2nd time. YCS Leipzig (or to be more specific: YCS Schkeuditz) attracted more than 1100 players and just as expected, we had quite a blast!

For the 8th time now, I’ve been able to do coverage for Konami’s official site. I was able to beat my own expectations and wrote 26 articles over the course of 2 days. I think that having shorter breaks between events (YCS Brighton took place just 2 months ago) helps tremendously to get into the art of doing coverage a lot faster after the event’s started. I now know how to make the most of my time and optimize my workflow and the result looks quite appealing. At least that’s what everybody who followed the coverage was saying.

The next stop of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series in Europe has already been announced; in a little less than 2 months, YCS Toulouse will take place and take us all back to France where Stephan Sluis, the winner of YCS Paris AND YCS Leipzig, started his incredible run. I’ve already received a confirmation that I’ll be serving as part of the coverage team again, so I’m looking forward to it and I’m eager to find out if I can beat my own record.

As always, feedback regarding the coverage is much appreciated, so drop me a message if you have anything to say about it.

WoW TCG – DMF Cannes

Although it looked a little different, I quite enjoyed myself in Cannes!Alright, so much for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. There are also some news regarding the other TCG I like to follow up: The World of Warcraft TCG. The weekend before YCS Leipzig, the WoW TCG premier event series, the Darkmoon Faire, stopped for the first time in Europe this year. Darkmoon Faire Cannes was a Sealed Event and if you’ve been following my past performances, you’ll know that I tend to do rather well in these events.

Lady luck was on my side once again and I made it all the way to the semi finals. Just like in Rotterdam before, I got paired against Duncan and unfortunately, I made a slight mistake which cost me the game. I had lethal damage on board twice and got decked out the turn before I could attack for game, so it was a rather weird way to get eliminated from the tournament. You can read all about it in the Feature Match, so go and check it out!

Jörg also reached the Top 16 and as you might expect already, we brought home a few prizes with us. All of them are up for sale, so get in touch with me if you would like a brand new iPod Touch 32 GB White 4G. I also got a couple of iPod Nanos in various colors. Oh, and if you’re looking for some loot cards, head over to BootcampLE.de/Store and check out all of our offers!

There’s more happening at the moment as I’m also starting to get into a third TCG. If you’re running your own website that’s somehow related to TCGs, I recommend checking back tomorrow. I’ve got some exciting news for you and you don’t want to miss this opportunity!

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Crown of the Heavens Loot|Krone der Himmel Beutekarten

The Crown of the Heavens Loot Collection!After more than 2 years, WoW TCG Sneak Previews came back to Europe! Cryptozoic’s European representative Matthias organized a fun event in our city of choice Berlin where 67 players showed up – most of them from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland! Not surprisingly, my team, the Bootcamp L.E., made a strong showing and we were able to claim 4 of the top 8 spots.

I was the luckiest guy of the bunch as I took down the whole event, winning an Epic Collection as well as a Corrupted Hippogryph Loot Card! All of these items are now up for sale at tcgmarket.eu. If you’re interested, go check them out. If you have any questions, feel free to send them my way.

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