Sunday, February 28, 2010


I just figured out how to directly post from word. This rocks.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

DotA Thoughts

DotA is amazing. It’s absolutely amazing and epic. Anyways… see I had a revalation about DotA a while ago when I was tyring to think of the heroes and define their roles and stuff.

See, my primary mistake I think is trying to use stats to determine role. DoTA has three stats, Intelligence, Agility and Strength. My previous thoughts went something like this: Intel: powerful spells, early game nukers. Agility: late gamers, often called “carries” Strength: Mid game, tanks.

But then I realized that you also had pushers, chasers, killers and support. Then I realized something, my entire premises were wrong. See the problem is that stats do not determine role. Abaddon a strength hero is not a tank, he’s support. The same with Treant. Beastmaster, a strength hero can carry. Bloodseeker (agility) is a weird kind of ganker/carry I would assume. Ogre Magi, a strength hero, is a caster/ganker (though not a good one….) anyways… you get the point: stats do not determine role.

So then, what are the roles? What determines the roles? Ahh that is where things get tricky. I think the best way to explain this is that spells and stat gain determine stuff. For instance, a carry needs good attack speed, high damage, and the ability to farm and escape in order to be effective. Drow gets a lot of damage, but doesn’t have good escape mechanisms or good farming techniques. On the other hand, Naga Siren has 2 disables (one is ulti, but still) and mirror images for escape. Mirror images also do a very good job at farming. Abilities determine role.

But anyways, I’ve also been reevaluating the 3 phases of the game and using various other skills I’ve learned to understand how to build a team. See, before, I assumed you’d want a team makeup something like this: 2 str, 2 agi, 1 intel. One agi should be able to carry.

But… that’s crap, honestly. See in reality you want something like this: 2 support, 2 gankers, 1 carry. Support heroes spend lots of gold building wards, crow, and TPs. They don’t need items to work their spells and abilities, so they can get team stuff (like things listed above). Support heroes “support” the team in team battles as well as protect carries early game. Gankers don’t focus on farming so much as they do waiting for the ideal moment to strike and kill an enemy hero. Again, XP and gold are so important for a good ganker. Finally, carries need to farm, farm farm. They get lots of gold and lots of XP so they can build items and easily defeat 2-3 enemy heroes with little to no help from other players. Carries “carry the team to victory.”

So anyways… as a thought experiment I created a possible team matchup that accounts for the bans inherent in a CM match. The thing about CM matches is your team should be flexible and focus on the players’ skills not the hero pickings. My brother is amazing with most Intel heroes, especially support ones, so you shouldn’t pick a specific hero for him to play so much as you should keep in mind 2-3 possible heroes for him to play with. However, here is a team I think has a pretty good chance of getting played in the café. Now all I need to do is actually get my teammates to let me play as the Captain for one match…

Support: Tormented Soul, Treant Protector
Carry: Beastmaster (really carry/support)
Ganker: Chaos Knight
Initiator: Magnataur

Initiators aren’t something I referenced above, but basically they are another role that is not as important, but still there. Initiators need good AoE spells that give the rest of the team a chance to move in and deal lots of damage. For Magnatur this would require getting Blink, but that shouldn’t be a problem. Boots, Blink, Battefury (or even just perseverance), set.

Possible swaps include Rhasta or CM for Treant, and beastmaster will be swapped for any better carry (Naga Siren, PotM) assuming players/bannings provide.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Crazy Sims 3

Okay, crazy story:

I’m playing the Sims again and I had this family that was composed of a Brother living with his newly married sister. The sister wanted to have lots of kids and so I decided to move them out.

And then… then I realized I had no money after I moved. I had 3k dollars to build a house. So…. I looked at my options and decided to NOT build a house.

See, my guy is a writer and my girl is a stay at home mom (with two kids now!), but I needed more money, so the guy joined the journalism career. Then, I built a bed. Then I realized that I didn’t need anything else! Madness? No, not really… see my guys can use the bathrooms at the gyms and eat at the Diner. I took bonuses that give me free food at the diner and I never have to use a toilet (shower daily, but no toilet!) so…

So my “house” is a table with a computer (so my guy can continue writing his epic Sci-fi stories), 2 cradles, and a double bed. B)

I think tomorrow I’ll probably get a bathroom, but it will be a good long time before my guys ever get a proper house. Who cares though? I haz a cool lifestyle! :D

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Confession

Okay, you know what, I have a confession to make: I think I understand why people like Pop.

Know, I still think that metal is better. I think that you can’t get better beats, riffs, solos and vocals than the stuff I’ve seen in metal music. I think the two greatest lyricists currently writing music are metalheads (Ryan Clark and Tuomas Holopainen). However, I understand why people like pop.

Its… catchy. Its stupidly, stupidly catchy. It might not be good, it might be crap, actually, but its catchy. I mean… there is something to be said about music that is just… catchy. Its something a lot of metal DOES NOT DO very well. I mean… Demon Hunter makes amazing music, but very little of it is catchy.

And yes, the reason I know understand pop music is I spent a decent bit of time sampling some of my sister’s pop… I’m repentning now by listening to The World is a Thorn by Demon Hunter, don’t worry.

Won’t Bow to Man
Won’t bow to Government
Won’t bow to Greed
Won’t bow to False Hope
Won’t bow to Self
Won’t bow to Modern Code
Won’t sell my soul to a Dead World

Ahh yes, much better. //M\\

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Six Things to Stand On

Okay, so before I start on this, a bit of a preamble:

I was talking to Jay on Thursday and he asked me a question, “You’re a cowboy, and you’ve got your six-shooter. Now, you have six bullets in your gun. What are they? They can be people, ideas, whatever. What are your six bullets?” So I thought, what are the six things, six weapons, God has given me to stand on? It took me a while, but I think I’ve pulled out six Good little weapons. Six truths to combat the lies. Six facts to remind me of God’s love.

I’ll go ahead and list them right now:

1. Knowledge
2. Peace
3. Trust
4. Nationbuilding
5. Friends
6. Family

Now, I’m not going to list out specific friends and specific family right this very second, because that is something I’m saving for my graduation stuff… I dunno what I’m gonna do exactly, but I’ll wait for that one. The other four, well, here they are:

Some time ago my dad told me that he realized I need something he doesn’t: Intellectual Stimulation. I love to debate, I love to think. One of the reasons I like bands like Demon Hunter and Nightwish is their lyrics affect you on a deeper, intellectual, level. Demon Hunter’s lyrics are just… amazing, the same with Nightwish, in a lot of ways.

The Bible says to love the Lord your God with all your mind. I think for me, that’s a very important thing to be doing. I need to love God with my mind. Its kind funny, because I’m a very emotional person, in a lot of ways my emotions guide my decisions more than facts and figures. I know what I believe, but I believe it because it “feels right…”

And I’m now rambling… so I’ll stop.

Nation Building:
Ahhh this one. To be honest, the meaning of nationbuilding, while seemingly simple, is actually a whole lot more complicated. I mean… okay, a nation builder builds nations. But what does that mean? Does it mean law? Does it mean police? Does it mean a leading intellectual? A scientist? A doctor? All of these people can help “build” their nation. Another thing: what is a nation? For me, I’ve always assumed when God told me this he meant a “nation” in the modern sense of a “country” the US, Bangladesh, these are nations. But then Jay told me that a nation, really, can mean any group of people with a similar cause or like. “Red Sox Nation” for instance, are the Red Sox fans. Someone who promotes video games and works to make video games more popular could be considered a “nationbuilder” under this definition. I do think God is calling me to specific, country nations (particularly my own, the United States of America), but it’s always good to know that brief dips into other nations would, after a fashion, fit with this idea of nationbuilding.

This one is fun because in many ways it’s the opposite of my own personality. If I haven’t asked God to grant me peace at least once a week (I probably ask… 2-5 times a week?) then something is wrong. I want Peace, and I do not have in, a lot of ways. Bangladesh’s greatest problem is the nation is not at peace. The people here are always angry, I see this in the Game Café, I saw it just last Friday. I was playing DotA and on my team there were these two… not so good players. Now, I won’t blame them for not being good, and I have NEVER yelled at someone or insulted someone because they didn’t play good. I might tell them how to improve, or say “you are not a good player” but I won’t do it in a bad way (calling people noobs, or cursing at them, for instance). I also never leave games, on or offline. These are commitments I make as a good sportsman. These guys… they broke every single one of my rules. First of all, neither of them really knew how to play very well. They were okay, but not good and they made a lot of mistakes. What really got me though was one of them called me a noob (ME?! A NOOB?! Not only did it hurt but it was… a lie), and then after he got hammered, over and over again because he wasn’t really playing that well, he LEFT. Now, I was angry, but I held myself. It wouldn’t do any good, yelling at this guy. But then… the other guy… the other noob, he stopped playing (didn’t pause the game, just stopped playing) and then proceeded to yell at the guy (no clue what he said, it was bangla) and then Jacob says he actually hit the guy. That… that got me really angry. Again, I held myself together (when we left I screamed about it a bit… I’m not proud of the language I used, actually, but it was exactly how I felt, honestly). These guys were angry, and I see that in people all the time. You don’t just explode like that… there is something in the background, something that has built up over time and infected you. I don’t just blow up, things build up, then I explode. Bangladesh needs peace.

Okay… that was a bit of a detour, but I think I’ve expressed my point pretty well. As far as I can tell, there is a Spirit of Anger that has established itself in this nation. The result is God has given me a spirit of Peace. I am a man of Peace. I struggle with anger, but I know I can overcome. I will overcome. I will be the man God wants me to be, a man of peace.

Trust :
Another fun one, this is. Recently, I realized I need to trust more. I have always been a very closed person, to be honest. There are things I have never shared with even my best friends. Only two people (God and my dad) know a lot of things I have done or said.

It’s not just trusting other people, but its trusting God as well. Life is hard, but God loves us. If we trust God, then life should be easier, because we can know, without a shadow of a doubt, that what is happening is the best possible thing for us, no matter how bad it might seem. I remember I had this huge fight with my parents just last week, a lot of things came out (such as my constant struggle with rejection), and my dad really challenged me when he said, “Trust God” because well, that was what I was not doing. I was letting my emotions, my (limited) knowledge guide me and find make decisions based off that, not off what was best for me from God’s perspective. Now, I will say, last week did not go as I would have wanted it to, but I had a good time, I had a fun time. I was where God wanted me to be. I need to trust God so that when another situation like this comes (where my emotions and my knowledge tell me one thing, but God clearly tells me another) that I can trust in God to do the right thing.

So yes, those are the 4 “truths” or “facts” I want to sand on. The other two really go into a list of people who have influenced me and been a great help in my life. I won’t share the details of them just yet, but I do plan on sharing them eventually.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Abaddon -- Amazing

Do you know what one of the most amazing experiences ever is? Okay, I’ll tell you:

In DotA, running away from 3 enemies when you have low life. You (Abaddon) and Tidehunter are together, and you are using all your mana to health/protect Tidehunter from dying. Finally, you escape just as your mana runs out and your ulti turns on. Tidehunter has also escaped. You have started to laugh in relief as all the adrenaline in your system finally hits you. Then, then it happens.

Juggernaut gets a Triple kill. He kills the 3 heroes that were chasing you. Like that. By himself. With no help. He kills 3 heroes. You are now laughing in shock, joy and relief.

It’s an amazing feeling, I assure you.

So yes, I played DotA yesterday. First time in like 3 weeks. I was glad to note that despite not playing in a LONG time I did really good when I played with Abaddon. Honestly, I think Abaddon is perhaps the BEST strength support hero in the game. Shield is good for tanking, support, and farming. Death Coil is good for chasing and support. Frostmourne… Frostmourne is awesome in the team battles. Oh, and his ulti, his ulti is freaking awesome.

Another thing that’s fun about Abaddon is he is a rather item light character. I usually build Vlad, Phase, and Perserverence for him. If I have extra gold, depending on my team, I can then grab Battefury, Heart or Scepter. I usually go for scepter, but I really don’t need it.

Oh, and I tried to play with skeli, but I messed up. Skeli… isn’t a tank, that’s the problem. He’s a ganker/DPS hero. You build Assault Cuirass with him. Oh well…

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Random Update

Brian demands I update, so here it goes:

Life is good right now. The 4him Retreat was amazing. Grew a lot, at least spiritually. I have an interview with St. Edwards University regarding my admission to their honors program, that should be interesting. It’s not supposed to be that long, just like 15 minutes, but I’m wondering how accurate that is… because I talk a lot.

*some time later*

Wow… I’m like super nervous… argh.

THE BATTLE IS ALREADY WON my music tells me. I need to remember this *nods*. (Proof that Metal music is positive, not negative. Amon Amarth might sing solely about battle, pillage, conquest and Norse Myths, but it still is uplifting! :p)

Also, I recently discovered the wonders of Celtic Folk Metal. That is to say, the Swiss band Eluveitie. Awesome, awesome stuff. See, they do Folk music right. Besides the typical five piece band (drums, 2 guitars, bass, vocals) they also have a dedicated violinist, someone to play the bagpipes, and then someone who plays an instrument called the hurdy-gurdy. Also, their vocalist plays the Tin Whistle and some sort of Mandolin thingie. So, 8 people, 12 instruments, (one of the females band members provide vocals for some songs) and awesome stuff all around.

And my interview is like in a few minutes, so I guess I’m just gonna stop typing now. This was a really random update…