Posts Tagged World of Warcraft

On my way to Austria|Auf dem Weg nach Österreich

When you're reading this, I'm somewhere between Leipzig and Vienna. Tomorrow, the Austrian WoW TCG Nationals will take place and my good friend and fellow Bootcamp L.E. member Lukas Heihs was kind enough to invite Christian, Ronny and myself over to help out as staff on site!

You were probably already guessing correctly what I'd be doing and yes, you're right, there'll be a cool coverage of the event that will go live on Warcraft-TCG.de! It's certainly been a while since I've been doing (German) coverage for the WoW TCG, but I think I can still put something together that will both inform and entertain you guys.

As always, if you have any questions or feedback regarding the coverage, get in touch with me (easiest way is ICQ: #44734926)! I'll probably be providing you with updates via my twitter feed, so be sure to check that out as well!

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Releases of the past few days|Veröffentlichung der vergangenen Tage

The last few weeks have been rather busy, but at the same time very successful. I didn't really find the time to update my blog, so here goes:

  • On Thursday, the 29th of September, my first article for GameHead.com went live. In it, I'm talking about the growing process of a “typical TCG player”. You should totally take a closer look: The Way of the Gamer.
  • What if… there would be no internet? is the title of an article as part of my weekly column that went live on Friday, the 30th of September. In it, I'm trying to make all the Yu-Gi-Oh! players aware of all the good (and bad) things that the internet introduced to their lives. Playing a TCG would be rather different without it, so I guess it's also worth a read.
  • The next article went live on DailyMetagame.com. This time, I was introducing the recent project of the Bootcamp L.E. to a broader public. We opted to not attend the National Championship and instead promoted the WoW TCG at a fair in Leipzig. This is how we did it: Bye Bye Nationals.
  • I also found the time to write another weekly column for eTCG.de, this time talking about: The Rise of the Monsters in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. While they didn't really play a major role in years past, they are now the defining card type in every deck!

Naturally, that's not all that went down in the past few weeks. I've also published some articles on Trading-Cards.eu and made a lot of progress with various projects for my company nexTab.de (sweet Jesus, this post looks like a link farm…).

The next few days will also be quite exciting as I've explored a couple of ways to move my company nexTab.de to the next level! Partly because my business partner Fabian and I have a lot of cool ideas, but also thanks to the help of my coach and friend Majo. In case you also thought of starting your own little business, be sure to talk to Majo, he can help you stay on track and turn the company into a success.

Alright, that's it for now. I'll try to update the blog a little more regularly in the upcoming few days and also tell you about a cool new project that might go live this week!

P.S.: The upcoming weekend, I'll be doing coverage for the Austrian Nationals! Be sure to check it out, it'll go live on Warcraft-TCG.de.

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Summer vacation in Rimini|Sommerurlaub in Rimini

In a way, summer vacation started today! If you've been reading some of my recent articles or been following up some of my posts on Facebook and the WoW TCG forums (like the forum of the Bootcamp L.E.), chances are you already know what I'm talking about: 3 of my friends (Christian, Ronny and Schmalle) and I will take a trip to Rimini together in a camper van! We'll leave Leipzig tomorrow afternoon and be on the road for pretty much the rest of the day. We should arrive Rimini sometime Thursday afternoon after spending the night somewhere in Southern Bavaria in the camper van.

Why Rimini, you might ask? Well, turns out the European Continental Championship of the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game will take place the upcoming weekend there. Naturally, we'll all try our luck in the main event and why not spend some more days there, enjoying the sun and company of good friends?! I'm rather excited and can't wait for the tournament to begin! On the one hand, I'm a little afraid I might scrub out early again, but I'm hopeful that my preparation will suffice and help me to advance to day 2 with a comfortable record.

On Saturday, we'll be drafting. I love drafting and tend to think of myself as a rather competitive limited player, however, I wasn't doing that well in the drafts parts of past events (save the iPod draft side events – I can't complain about my record there). Let's just wait and see how it will turn out this time, in any case, I'm hopeful.

Being the crazy fools we are, we decided to provide you with a coverage of our trip (some might remember an epic trip to Budapest which was featured in similar fashion)! We'll start with that as early as tomorrow, when a first opening blurp will go live on www.BootcampLE.de. Be sure to check it out and leave some comments!

nexTab.deWhat else is there to say? Well, my business is doing OK, now that most of the hassles with German bureaucracy have been taken care of. I'm still waiting for a final decision regarding health care, but I guess I'll do fine as long as I don't get sick. So keep your fingers crossed!
Fabian found a nice appartment in Berlin and might take it, so we should soon be able to work on some projects together and I expect business to take off then.

So yeah, all in all, I'm doing OK. Sometimes it's hard to find the motivation to do some of the work as I'm constantly at home; I still haven't found a great solution for that particular challenge. If you can come up with some good ideas, be sure to pass them on.
On the relationship front, I'm doing great. Wincy is simply amazing, it's just she doesn't like some particular traits of this country too much (well, we share that passion in a way), so she can be a little grumpy at times. I still consider leaving the country together with her, but I don't want to do so just now. First, I want to see if my own business can turn into a success and bring in enough money to make a living. If that won't work out, I guess it will finally be time to leave Germany for good.

In a nutshell: I've been able to leave some bullshit behind (German bureaucracy) and there are exciting times ahead. First a vacation in Italy, then a trip to Dortmund to catch up with some old friends and then a trip to Madrid for the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Qualifier – European Championship. Who knows, maybe I'll even start picking up a tan again with all that time in South European countries?! Let me know what you think and wish me well.

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New column on DailyMetagame.com!|Neue Kolumne auf DailyMetagame.com

Although members of the Bootcamp L.E. (my WoW TCG team) already wrote one or two articles for DailyMetagame.com, we haven't had a designated bi-weekly column. That's about to change with this week, as I started just started a new one with content about the World of Warcraft TCG!

My goal is to give the international readers an idea of what we're doing in the Bootcamp, so they can maybe adapt some ideas to help grow their respective communities. I'm starting with an article where I'm explaining the “Flavor Attack!” we published on Warcraft-TCG.de to help promote the Triple Play V. I'm explaining the thought process that led us to combine elements from the MMO with cards from the TCG. Additionally, I'm explaining our Ysera the Dreamer deck that nicely features lots of flavor of the Green Dragons!

Head over to DailyMetagame and read on:

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Warcraft-TCG.de is down|Warcraft-TCG.de ist down

I received a call this morning from my good friend Christian, asking me to access Warcraft-TCG.de. It turned out the site was down and the message shown instead of the familiar homepage read “domain for sale”. I don't know exactly what happened, however, what I do know is we need a website for the German WoW TCG community. For the time being, I would suggest using the official WoW TCG forums (sub-forum for “Elwynn Forest”, the German speaking Realm).

My team, the Bootcamp L.E., is also missing its own dedicated forums. For the time being, we can make use of my forum, the PE Board, where I've set up a dedicated Bootcamp forum section. Further, we've decided that it would be best to set up a website for the Bootcamp. This way, we can make sure all members can communicate with each other – no matter if a third party site goes down or not. It will take us a little while to come up with something, but I should soon have more news for you.

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Essen Toy Fair Spiel 2010|Das war die Spiel in Essen 2010

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The last 5 days, the Spiel in Essen was held – the largest gaming fair in the world (yes, that includes the GenCon). My good friend Christian asked me ages ago to not plan something for this very weekend, however, just 7 days prior to the faire, I was still not sure if I would or should go. In the end, I decided to make the trip (despite the train tickets being ridiculously expensive) to catch up with some of my friends, have some talks with Amigo, Cryptozoic, Konami and… well, play some card games.

My friends from Cryptozoic and Konami were caught up in meetings most of the time and there wasn't too much to talk about with Amigo, so I checked out the rest of the faire after I played some cards (on Saturday, I went 2 – 1 in the draft besides playing a horrible deck and on Sunday, I won the tournament which in turn gut me an Archives Uncut Sheet). It was probably the first time I was able to check out the faire; in the past I always helped out at some booth and was pretty caught up. Anyway, I came across the booth of the great guys from Gary Games, who introduced their very own game to the visitors: Ascension.

Ascension Board Game (Chronicle of the Godslayer)

My friend and former colleague (back in the Upper Deck days) Ryan O'Connor gave me a demo of the game and I had to say I liked it. I'm not a huge board game person, but Ascension is a little like a mix between a board and a trading card game. Some claim it's just another Dominion clone”, but even though it's also a “deckbuilding game” (a game in which you're building and improving your deck while the game's underway), there are some bigger differences between the two games (most notably: You never know what's coming in Ascension while you can decide on a strategy for Dominion right at the beginning of the game – I guess that's something intriguing to TCG players and that's why I feel like Ascension is the better fit for me).

I was lucky enough to get to know some of the cool guys from Gary Games better, including the owner (and Magic Hall of Famer) Justin Gary. I learned that Ascension has picked up a lot of momentum in the US and they're still in the process of getting it on track in Germany. Fortunately, I could be of help to the guys and make some introductions, so hopefully we'll soon see it in game store shelves all over Germany. You really should give it a try or at least check out the website of the game: AscensionGame.com.

I also received a The Spoils demo. It seemed to be a good TCG, however, it seems to suffer from the same problem that already killed Vs. System: It's simply too complex for mediocre players to master, so they'll eventually get frustrated, getting beaten up by veteran players over and over again. It's too early for me to give you a recommendation, but I guess I'll keep you posted (don't expect me to drop the WoW TCG for any other TCG, that's not gonna happen).

The upcoming weekend, I'll be in Leipzig for the 5 year celebration of the local Enchilada. On Friday evening, we'll also be playing some other games and among them will be Ascension (and maybe also The Spoils). So expect some more information about the new games soon!

Let me know what you think about the Spiel and the games (in case you tried them already).

P.S.: Now, you can also find a review of Ascension in darkpact's gaming Blog.

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Selling Loots on eBay|Loot-Verkäufe auf eBay

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Rumor had it that eBay would charge no fees this very weekend. While that turned out to be wrong (as far as I'm concerned, I was still charged for every single auctions), I decided it would be best to finally get rid of all the stuff that I wanted to sell anyway. Among the items I'm selling are:

The extremely sought-after Ogre Disguise Trinket

The highlights are certainly the 2 Loot Ogre Disguise Trinkets; those are no longer available as the UD Points Store had been shut down after Upper Deck's involvement with the WoW TCG ended. Those are certainly some of the last Ogre Disguise Trinkets that are still available, making them a real rarity!

If you're interested in any of those items, be sure to let me know. There are plenty of ways to get in touch (commenting here, contacting me via Facebook or ICQ / Skype / etc.)!

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