Crystal Wings

Things change, time flies. And so do I.

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Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

About me. Well, I COULD lie and make things interesting, or I COULD tell you the truth and let you decide, but i'd rather you just form your own opinions.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Snake eyes

Thanks to a rather hearty breakfast of nutella on bread, today felt like i've been fasting for weeks. That is to say, it went by very easily. Maybe it's also compounded by the fact that I had no work for the day. Either way, i'm not complaining.

That being said, I do have other reasons to whine and/or otherwise bitch about. My chief source of aggravation today has been plaguing me for several weeks now - bad die rolls. More to the point, bad die rolls in the highly competitive games of Dreamblade i've been playing.

Dreamblade is a collectible strategy game of sorts from the same people who came up with Magic: The Gathering. In it, one is tasked with capturing scoring cells on a board comprising of grids. To do that, you'd first have to spawn creatures, then move them across the board against your opponent. While the strategic elements of the game are based solely on the skill of the player, spawning and battles make exclusive use of dice, and therein lies the problem. You see, the reason i'm having trouble playing the game is the fact that my die rolls are well below average. I often find myself 1 point short of doing anything useful, or rolling 'misses' altogether. It's like having an army of scary, but inept minions who trip over each other in battle.

Now, bad die rolls alone I can handle but as I mentioned before, Dreamblade is a competitive game. Every Wednesday and Thursday I participate in 'Edge' tournaments for extra figures and points. The figures boost my selection choice and the points increase my overall ranking as well as serve as currency to redeem useful items during higher level tournaments.

In this aspect, Tina seems to be my antithesis. Her rolls are uniformly good across the board, her army build solid and her strategy well played. Needless to say, she has a string of Edge wins under her belt and despite being the only girl player she remains a force to be reckoned with. I could say that at least one of us wins consistently, but I can't deny that I want it to be me.

I've played 4 practice matches with her today.
I've won none.
What I do get, however is some very good feedback.
In all honesty, i'd prefer to win right now.

Sunday, September 24, 2006


Once again I return to the page full of things to say but not nearly bothered enough to say them haha. It's been by far the most interesting few months of my stay here in Australia. Verily, it was an adventure fraught with peril, danger, and perilous danger. Well maybe I exaggerate. But STILL!

Today marks the first day of Ramadan. For the next 4 weeks or so I will be detailing the trials and tribulations of fasting as the weather heats up here in Sydney. The plan is simple, i've set myself some targets to meet. Some are practical, such as spending less money, others not so, such as improving my hand-eye coordination so I can best Tina at air hockey. I've even got a few comical ones, but let's not go there.

The day was easy enough. I missed getting up early to eat so instead I fixed myself a lovely meal of water. Bad start, but 10am I was already feeling hungry hehe. Fortunately, i'm a seasoned fasting veteran and even though the first day is always the hardest, I got through it easily. What was most difficult was explaining the various deals around the store on a parched throat. To customers enjoying ice cream :P That's the way it goes. Thanks to bad shifts I won't have to deal with it until next Friday. Speaking of which, I find my hours at work dwindling at the moment. I hope it picks up soon.

Anyway, enough hypocrisy, i'm going to bed.
Good night.