Building the Ultimate Sleeper Gaming PC

  • April 1, 2019

– Hey guys, this is Austin. And today, we’re building the ultimate sleeper gaming PC, and it’s all thanks to our friends at Intel for sponsoring this madness. The rules are very simple.

We have today, which right now it is 10:40 a.m., to build an entire sleeper gaming PC. And what does that mean? Well first of all, we want to find the oldest, the most beige retro-looking chassis we can, and load it up with some properly high-end stuff.

We’re talking a ninth gen core i7, high-end graphics, Optane memory, the entire deal. The main idea here is that we have to have an overkill gaming PC that looks like it’s something from 1999, right? I don’t want from the outside– There’s no RGB, there’s no huge exhausts, or anything like that. This should look like some old Windows XP system, but inside it can handle all the latest games, editing, whatever we want to actually throw at it. We may want to go for an ITX supply, but until we find the case I don’t wanna commit to that, because ITX supplies are more expensive than generally not. Yeah, well actually this one’s not so bad.

So we’ve got– Oh, it’s got wifi built-in, as well as we can– Oh, does it have Optane though? It does support Optane, okay, excellent. Let’s go ITX. I’ve got the smallest cooler I can find. Lets get our core i7 and lets get our Optane.

I’m just afraid that 1050’s not gonna be enough power. We need this to be awesome, but it’s so hard to pick. Unless we were able to find a properly big, old case. If we do, I don’t think it’ll be a problem, but I’m just so nervous. I don’t wanna commit to something. I want it as small as possible.

What if we get a low-profile card, and that’s our backup, but we try to put the RTX 2080 TI in. – [Ken] Yeah. – So, that was mostly successful. The main thing I’m worried about right now is that we still don’t have a case.

There were a couple in there that looked okay, but for the most part, they all looked way too modern. The star of the show here though is definitely the i7 9700K. It’s a ninth generation Intel processor. It is a full eight core chip, and on top of that, it is over clockable. Now, depending on the case and everything else we choose, I’m not so sure how much we can actually over clock it.

But the whole idea here is that I wanna have a system which looks old and retro and lame on the outside, but can handle the latest games, video editing, streaming, whatever. Now we just have to find the case, and actually build it. Hey how’s it going? I’ve got a little bit of a weird one.

I’m looking for an older system, preferably one of the old beige towers. I’m mostly just needing it for the case, it doesn’t actually have to be working. Would you happen to have anything like that? Is this gonna be a problem?

Do you think we’re actually gonna have a real hard time finding these old systems? ‘Cause he’s right, most people just recycle them at this point. – Yeah, I mean, no one really wants them. – You wouldn’t happen to have any older desktop towers, preferably something beige?

Dude, its one o’clock. We need to have time to get back to the office, and build this. If we don’t get something in the next hour, we’re screwed. There’s no way. – We’ll be right over then.

Alright, talk to you later. No problem. – Okay, that sounded promising. – So, I told him what we needed.

He’s just gonna give us the case. It might have some parts in it, but I think he might just give us one with just the case, nothing else. – Oh, that’s perfect.

– Yeah. – Success. So Ken pulled this one out. We were able to find a computer shop, with what I think is the perfect case. So it’s nicely beige. Up front you can see it’s got originally an Intel Celeron, got the old school power button, even got a CD drive.

Now we just have to actually build this thing. But this, I mean look at this. Imagine walking up, seeing this system, and inside you’ve got a full 2080 TI, a core i7.

Ah, man, I really did not think we were gonna pull this one out. I really thought that we had bitten off more than we could chew. And so with that we have everything we need to build the ultimate over kill sleeper gaming PC, which is a little bit of a mouth full.

But now that I have a super cool wardrobe change, I think I’m ready. Come on, how can I not wear this? It literally just showed up. Microsoft sent over a windows, ugly sweater. So I really don’t know how old the system is.

If I was to take a guess, I would say probably early 2000’s, but the important thing is, is that it has essentially everything we need, or at least I hope so. As sad as it is to say, I think it’s time to pull the motherboard out and upgrade it with something just a little bit more modern. The first thing we can remove is our modem, which I don’t think we’ll be needing any dial-up anytime soon.

So with that, we have our motherboard. Damn, things have come a long way. Oh, front panel. This is gonna look hilarious with a 2080 TI. This old system, and our i7 on this tiny little motherboard.

That looks a little interesting, but we will make it work. The important thing is that it does mount up to our current spots. Look at that. Is this actually going to work? Did I decide not to do a terrible idea?

So, with our processor installed, our cooler on here, our Intel Optane memory, as well as our RAM. We’re ready to see if this actually fits, although it should be fine. So with that, a big chunk of our build is actually already ready. We have the motherboard, the core i7, pretty much everything we need for the main components.

Now we need to figure out how to put in our graphics card, our hard drive, our power supply. This is not a crazy, high-end unit or anything, but it should give us enough power, and importantly, it is semi-modular, which should be helpful because cables might be a little tricky in this case. All right, three power supply screws should be enough to keep that in place.

I do see a problem in that the back doesn’t quite match the front, but as soon as we put the side panel on, I don’t think anyone will be able to notice. Excellent, all right. Now, we’ve made some progress.

So that looks pretty close, we still need to install the hard drive, but I actually think it’s safe to say now, this is going to work. Now, where are we going to put this? I believe that’s a 3.5″ drive bay.

Oh, yeah. No problem, right like that. So with this, the ultimate sleeper PC, hopefully is ready to go.

Fingers crossed. Oh, oh. ‘kay, I see fans spinning, graphics card spinning, it’s making noises. ‘kay.

Not a great sign. We’ll be right back after a quick BIOS update of our motherboard. (mellow house music) So, after a little bit of updating, and downloading, and installing, the ultimate sleeper PC lives. And I can’t tell you how happy I am with this build.

I mean, just look at it. I will admit, I may have slightly misplaced the core i7 sticker. So to run you guys through the build, inside we’ve got proper components. We’ve got that core i7 9700k, full eight cores over clockable, the whole deal. We also have an Nvidia RTX 2080 TI, and that’s all inside this chassis, which will be a little bit of a surprise for most people, I expect.

Oh, yeah. So we even got the case speaker to work. So, it’s wired up to the motherboard here, so if you ever have a problem with your super cool PC, you’ll get some helpful beeps, just like 2001 intended. The crazy part of this build is that everything works exactly like you would expect. The power button works, that speaker works, the LEDs work for the hard drive.

I mean the only thing that we don’t have fully up and running is the CD drive, because I don’t have an adapter to make it work. But I mean, I’m really surprised what we were able to find in just a few hours, and actually make it work. The fact that we’re getting this kind of performance out of a PC that looks like this, is awesome. I mean, look, we’re maxing out our 1080P monitor at 185 frames per second, and that’s full ultra settings and everything.

It’s so smooth. I love the idea that we were able to build something that from the outside looks so old-school, and so retro but on the inside, has all the power to game, all the power to stream. We can video edit, I mean, there’s literally almost nothing we can’t do with this PC. It has the power for pretty much anything we throw at it, but the looks from straight out of 2001 (laughs) Ah! No. So that my friends, is the ultimate sleeper gaming PC.

We’ve got all the performance and all the nice conveniences of a modern system, but as soon as we slide the side panel on from the outside, no one needs to know this is not a windows XP 2001 gaming box that has been sitting in someone’s grandma’s basement for 20 years. Anyway, huge shout-out to Intel for sponsoring this crazy project. If you guys want, check out the core i7, or some of the other parts I included in this build. The links will be in the description.

– [Ken] Hey Austin, will you put that 92 millimeter fan that you didn’t add in in the description? – Cooling’s important, kids.

Misheard Video Games

  • March 26, 2019

Throughout my life, I’ve always sort of been hard of hearing, in a sense that I often ask people to repeat themselves. It’s not that they were too quiet, it’s just sometimes I can’t grasp what they are saying. Now that may sound odd, but on a grander scale, this concept is something that happens every day to a lot of people. Sometimes people even mishear spoken the word as something else, and it can usually be both frustrating, and funny. This concept was actually coined as a term called a mondegreen by Sylvia Wright since it was derived from someone misunderstanding the phrase “laid him on the green” as Lady Mondegreen.

Phonetically they are both pretty similar, and I’ve experienced this same phenomenon several times myself. All my life I always misheard the song by the group Til Tuesday, as “this is scary, or even, Misses Carey.” Obviously, the song is called Voices Carry, but if you never looked it up or knew who sang it, you really had no way to check. But, music wasn’t the only thing that this occurred in… And for me, games were way more prolific. Where to start? Well, since Nintendo 64 had quite a lot of them, we might as well tackle that first. The best decision is to play at https://casinoslots.sg/playamo.

Mario 64 probably has some of the most memorable mishearings that I can recall. But, that’s an issue in itself. Remembering them is the hard part because they don’t really stick out like sore thumbs when you try to comb through your thoughts.

It pretty much means that you have had to hear the phrase again to remember what was so odd about it. Anyways, back on the topic of Mario 64, the final fight with Bowser held probably one of the most recognized mishearings in any game. And that is when you’re tossing Bowser around like a rag doll. (Audio Clip) Uhhhh…..

So long gay bowser? Or was that so long king bowser?

Maybe? Well, the truth is, as a kid I somehow heard So Long Gay Mountain! Don’t ask me how, but I did. And honestly, I still can’t understand what he is saying. The same goes for when you jump into a painting. (Audio Clip) You have some people who hear Let’s pickle!

Let’s tickle? Or even just him flat out saying “Meeeexxxxico!” Now, to my understanding, he is supposed to be saying “Let’s -a – go” but it’s pretty comical to see what other people believed he was saying when they were younger. Now Mario 64, of course, is not the only case of this. There’s the Jawans in Super Star Wars who sound like they’re saying Houdini every time you shoot them, and then there’s also Jill in Marvel vs Capcom 2 – who I always thought was saying that she had SARS, the virus-like, it was some kind of exclusive club.

I hadn’t played any resident evil games at this point, so I really had nothing to go off of, nor did I know anything about SARS except that it was a virus. On the topic of fighters though, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters for the SNES had quite a lot of mishearings too. Starting off, I always thought the Menu said Turtle Wombat or Total Wombat. On top of that, many player attacks just didn’t make sense. I realize some may have still been in Japanese, but for example, when Leonardo would use his projectile attack it sounds like he is saying hyyyying tung, but I think it’s supposed to be Shinning Cutter?

Chrome Dome’s moves were really echoey too, and I never had any idea what they were saying, especially in combination with the background music. Overall though, there were just a lot of games that had plenty of mondegreens for me when I was younger. With that said, I’m going to jump through a couple quickly to see if anyone else had similar experiences. Ready? Here we go!

In Diddy Kong Racing during the character selection, I always heard the mouse say “I’m tipsy” as if they were drunk. Drumsticks audio was beyond the scope of what my mind could handle, and I’ll just leave it at that. In Star Fox 64, there was plenty of awkward dialogue, but I think most people got hung up on the following sound clip: (Audio Clip) Was that gridlock, report, or good luck? Anyone who has played Guilty Gear probably can’t get over the fact that Ky Kiske just says coconut over and over again.

(Audio Clip) I always laughed at this, even though I knew it was just a different language. In Mario Kart 64, I had one of my friends tell me that they often heard Peach saying “bean dip” – which is absolutely fantastic, especially since she was supposed to be saying bingo. With the in-game sounds and music playing, I can see how this could happen. On a separate note, could Peach sound any more unenthused? I feel like she about falls asleep at the wheel.

In Vigilante 8, I swear I pretty much misheard this entire game. (Audio Clip) Ready to warm without a sprew? Something about a silver spoon?

I have no idea. Then there’s these two: (Audio Clips) Obviously I can look up what they are saying now, but that ruins the fun! In Super Smash Bros Melee, I swear that I hear Captain Falcon say “Jerks” when he does his UP B recovery. My younger brother does as well, and this one is simply baffling to me since everyone else clearly hears “Yes!” and… I really have no idea why either. But the thing is, all of these examples in this video are only the tip of the iceberg. I honestly just can’t remember how many times I misheard things in games because to me, the memory isn’t odd and it doesn’t stick out.

It was just a normal experience and I simply kept on playing. Keep in mind that TV quality, video game background music, and the general muffled sound was what made most of this happen. Obviously, if the sound was isolated and played back repeatedly over time, I may have figured it out. But because I didn’t have that luxury, I just pressed on through whatever nonsense I thought I was hearing. Looking back at it now though, it still brings a smile to my face as I remember all these voice clips. I’m sure I’ll remember more as time goes on too, but in the meantime, I’d love to hear your own stories about things you simply misheard in games.

It’s quite an interesting topic and typically leads to some funny stories, so please share your thoughts in the comments below.

The best all-around gaming laptops of 2018

  • February 22, 2019

The state of gaming laptops in 2018 is unlike anything we’ve seen before. With PC manufacturers cranking out systems that are lighter, thinner, and have better battery life than previous generations, plus they’re moving away from flashy, gaudy designs that we’ve come to associate with gaming gear, instead producing systems that are more suitable for use in places like work. In terms of specs and power, all of these machines are using the same processor, Intel’s eighth generation Core i7 six-core chip, and similar graphics cards. Two years ago, laptops with this much power would weigh more than eight pounds, have awful design, and had singular purpose, but now they’re under five pounds, as thin as a MacBook Pro, and can last for hours on a charge.

These are the closest systems we’ve seen to straddling the line between gaming performance and productivity, and the Razer Blade is the most regular-looking of the gaming laptops in this group. It has a unibody aluminum design and up to a 144 Hz refresh rate on a full HD display. If you plan on playing games on this computer, I would suggest a high refresh rate. It’s a no-brainer, but if you’re a creative and you want a 4K touchscreen option, Razer offers that as well, and you can use the GPU for that instead. Regardless of which display you choose, the Razer Blade has thin bezels that are suitable for viewing at all angles, and it also keeps the webcam in the right place.

The new Razer Blade is fully capable of playing popular PC games at their highest settings, League of Legends, Rainbow Six Siege, Fortnite, Counter-Strike, and yes, even Destiny 2. The drawback is that it’s expensive. As configured, this unit has a GTX 1070 and a 512 GB solid-state drive for $2600.

However, my main issue with the Razer Blade is that it just gets too hot, under heavy strain. The top row of the keyboard, the palm rests, and underneath the laptop just become unbearable to touch. You can manually increase or decrease fan speed and noise using the Razer Synapse app, but that’s all at the benefit or deficit of the graphics card. Honestly, all that fiddling around for a laptop that’s over $2000 is just unacceptable. Also the keyboard and key caps are tiny.

Despite it’s shortcomings, Razer still has one of the best gaming laptops out there. You can still get around five to six hours of battery life on a single charge, while browsing the web or watching a video. It’s not great by Ultrabook standards, but for a gaming laptop of this performance, it’s acceptable. (upbeat music) The other new gaming laptop that I really like is MSI’s GS65 Stealth Thin. Yes, that’s the full name, but it’s the thinnest and lightest of the laptops in this group, most similar to a 15-inch MacBook Pro.

It also has a six-core Core i7, a GTX 1070 with Max-Q design, a downclocked version of the original card for thermals, and better port selection than the Blade. There’s also a SteelSeries RGB-backlit keyboard with wide, shallow keys that I personally found the most comfortable of the laptops I’ve tested in this category. The MSI does a great job of thermals, shifting hot air away from the keyboard and the palms rests. On top of that, the GS65 is a few hundred dollars less than the similarly equipped Razer Blade, while not giving up anything in terms of performance or capability. Aesthetically, the MSI takes an even more mature approach to gaming laptop design with no obnoxious light up logos. Unfortunately, the build quality isn’t that good, with flex in the keyboard, touch pad, and even the lid.

The ASUS Zephyrus M, Digital Storm Equinox, and the Gigabyte Aero 15X are all capable of playing games at high or ultra settings, also have 144 Hz, full HD displays, and six-core processors, but of the three, I’d only recommend the ASUS, which has the best cooling of the systems here. When you lift the lid, a mechanism opens the bottom plate. ASUS calls this Active Aerodynamic System, complete with red lighting if it’s plugged in.

The Zephyrus M can drive a full mobile GTX 1070 instead of the downclocked Max-Q versions in the Blade and the MSI. The MSI and the Razer are my favorite laptops here because they’re thin and light, they have solid performance, and honestly they’re the better looking of the bunch. Still it’s baffling in 2018 that laptops over $2000 don’t have fingerprint-based login or Windows Hello support via facial recognition. Still, it’s becoming obvious to PC manufacturers that gaming laptops are in fact laptops and not one-trick ponies. Hey, thanks for watching. Let me know what your favorite gaming laptop was in the comments below or if you didn’t have a favorite at all, and be sure to subscribe to the Verge Science YouTube channel.

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Top 10 EVIL Endings in Video Games!

  • February 22, 2019

So, a very evil spoiler alert in now in effect.  NUMBER 10: Menendez Triumphs — “Call of Duty: Black Ops II”  NUMBER 10: Menendez Triumphs — “Call of Duty: Black Ops II”  SECTION: Why?  SECTION: Why?  MENENDEZ: Your military is crippled.  MENENDEZ: Your military is crippled. You cannot stop us now.

You cannot stop us now.  While it’s far more revered for its online multiplayer,  While it’s far more revered for its online multiplayer, the single-player narratives across the “Call of Duty” franchise the single-player narratives across the “Call of Duty” franchise do have the occasional gems. do have the occasional gems.

Case in point: when things all go to Hell should you screw up two possible variants. Case in point: when things all go to Hell should you screw up two possible variants. The first occurs if the player fails to save the hacker Karma; The first occurs if the player fails to save the hacker Karma; if that happens, antagonist Raul Menendez ends up brutally killing her, if that happens, antagonist Raul Menendez ends up brutally killing her, leading to a virus wiping out the U.S.’s power stations.

leading to a virus wiping out the U.S.’s power stations.  CIA NERD: I spent the last year trying to crack this sod.  CIA NERD: I spent the last year trying to crack this sod. Best thing I can do right now is…leggit back to England. Best thing I can do right now is…leggit back to England.  The second occurs should you decide  The second occurs should you decide to put Menendez down yourself, which leads to global anarchy, to put Menendez down yourself, which leads to global anarchy, so you might want to watch that trigger finger of yours.

so you might want to watch that trigger finger of yours.  NUMBER 9: Great Power, No Responsibility — “Spider-Man: Web of Shadows”  NUMBER 9: Great Power, No Responsibility — “Spider-Man: Web of Shadows”  SPIDER-MAN: These two were more than willing to oblige.  SPIDER-MAN: These two were more than willing to oblige.  LUKE CAGE: What? You knew this whole turf war was a set-up?!  LUKE CAGE: What?

You knew this whole turf war was a set-up?!  Be honest. We all think that Spidey’s black suit is bad-ass.  Be honest.

We all think that Spidey’s black suit is bad-ass. Unfortunately, it comes with the slight drawback of having it Unfortunately, it comes with the slight drawback of having it turn you into something of a narcissistic A-hole. turn you into something of a narcissistic A-hole. Should players decide to give in to this inner darkness on every given occasion, Should players decide to give in to this inner darkness on every given occasion, our not-so-friendly neighborhood Spider-Man ends up becoming our not-so-friendly neighborhood Spider-Man ends up becoming the ruler of New York City infested with symbiotes. the ruler of New York City infested with symbiotes.  Yeah, you may have ended up isolating your friends,  Yeah, you may have ended up isolated your friends, Mary Jane now hates you, and you actually ended up killing Venom; Mary Jane now hates you, and you actually ended up killing Venom; but look on the bright side.

You have a symbiote Black Cat for a queen. Sweet! but look on the bright side. You have a symbiote Black Cat for a queen. Sweet!

BLACK CAT: Well, darling, I promised you this city…and it’s yours!  BLACK CAT: Well, darling, I promised you this city…and it’s yours!  NUMBER 8: The Definition of Insanity — “Far Cry 3”  NUMBER 8: The Definition of Insanity — “Far Cry 3”  VAAS: Are you enjoying my sister’s company? Huh?  VAAS: Are you enjoying my sister’s company?

Huh? She’s gonna make a warrior out of you? She’s gonna make a warrior out of you?  Well, you’ve done it–as Jason Brody,  Well, you’ve done it–as Jason Brody, you’ve gunned your way all through Rook Island, bested both Vaas and Hoyt, you’ve gunned your way all through Rook Island, bested both Vaas and Hoyt, and even earned the love of beautiful but exotic Citra. and even earned the love of beautiful but exotic Citra. Why would you want to return to the outside world Why would you want to return to the outside world when she offers you the chance to become a king?

when she offers you the chance to become a king? All you have to do is sever all ties to your old life by… All you have to do is sever all ties to your old life by… slitting your girlfriend’s throat. slitting your girlfriend’s throat.  (SLASH!)

(SLASH!)  (Liza gasps for breath)  (Liza gasps for breath)  If Jason goes through with it, then he does indeed get a hero’s welcome.  If Jason goes through with it, then he does indeed get a hero’s welcome. As Citra rocks his world, she also plunges a dagger into his chest, As Citra rocks his world, she also plunges a dagger into his chest, giving what she believes to be a noble death worthy of a warrior. giving what she believes to be a noble death worthy of a warrior.

You truly do reap what you sow, Jason. You truly do reap what you sow, Jason.  CITRA: You are a warrior. DIE a warrior.  CITRA: You are a warrior.

DIE a warrior.  NUMBER 7: The Perfect Murder — “Heavy Rain”  NUMBER 7: The Perfect Murder — “Heavy Rain”  The Origami Killer has claimed the lives of many fathers and sons.  The Origami Killer has claimed the lives of many fathers and sons. And if players aren’t quick on their feet, it’s a very real possibility And if players aren’t quick on their feet, it’s a very real possibility that he gets away with his crimes. that he gets away with his crimes. If Ethan Mars fails or refuses to take on the Origami Killer’s trials, If Ethan Mars fails or refuses to take on the Origami Killer’s trials, then it’s a very real possibility that he and his kidnapped son, Shaun, could end up dead.

then it’s a very real possibility that he and his kidnapped son, Shaun, could end up dead.  While on the hunt for the truth, FBI Agent Norman Jayden  While on the hunt for the truth, FBI Agent Norman Jayden and reporter Madison Paige encounter some truly sick individuals and reporter Madison Paige encounter some truly sick individuals who won’t hesitate to kill them in some pretty messed-up ways. who won’t hesitate to kill them in some pretty messed-up ways. Oh, well, at least you waste all the Scott Shelby levels, Oh, well, at least you waste all the Scott Shelby levels, so maybe he’ll give you a good ending? so maybe he’ll give you a good ending?

Wait, no, he’s the murderer. So, you screwed up big. Wait, no, he’s the murderer. So, you screwed up big.  SHELBY: You’re the father that I have been looking for all these years,  SHELBY: You’re the father that I have been looking for all these years, the man capable of giving his own life to save his son.

the man capable of giving his own life to save his son.  NUMBER 6: Bringing Rapture to the Surface — “Bioshock”  NUMBER 6: Bringing Rapture to the Surface — “Bioshock”  NARRATOR: And Rapture trembled.  NARRATOR: And Rapture trembled.

But in the end, even Rapture was not enough for you. But in the end, even Rapture was not enough for you.  When you’ve hunted down Big Daddies  When you’ve hunted down Big Daddies and have the likes of Andrew Ryan whispering in your ear, and have the likes of Andrew Ryan whispering in your ear, you’d be forgiven for wanting to grab as much ADAM as possible you’d be forgiven for wanting to grab as much ADAM as possible in order to defend yourself. However, in order to do so, in order to defend yourself. However, in order to do so, you have to be willing to kill the Little Sisters you have to be willing to kill the Little Sisters and also earn the disapproval of the oddly tantalizing Dr. Tannenbaum. and also earn the disapproval of the oddly tantalizing Dr. Tannenbaum.

STEINMAN: Ugly! UGLY! (fires a machine gun at you)  STEINMAN: Ugly!

UGLY! (fires a machine gun at you)  Even after you help kill Frank Fontaine, you’re so hooked on ADAM  Even after you help kill Frank Fontaine, you’re so hooked on ADAM that they mean nothing to you. that they mean nothing to you.

From there, Rapture is nothing but a stepping stone as you and plenty of Splicers From there, Rapture is nothing but a stepping stone as you and plenty of Splicers rise up from the ocean to begin an assault on the surface world. rise up from the ocean to begin an assault on the surface world.  NARRATOR: But not you. For now, you have stolen the terrible secrets of the world!  NARRATOR: But not you.

For now, you have stolen the terrible secrets of the world!  NUMBER 5: Purification — “Fallout 3”  NUMBER 5: Purification — “Fallout 3”  RON PERLMAN: And war… War never changes.  RON PERLMAN: And war… War never changes.  All throughout your journey across the Capitol Wasteland,  All throughout your journey across the Capitol Wasteland, you may have heard the occasional pre-recorded messages by one John Henry Eden, you may have heard the occasional pre-recorded messages by one John Henry Eden, a “President” who just so happens to be an artificial intelligence a “President” who just so happens to be an artificial intelligence with the voice of Malcolm McDowell.

with the voice of Malcolm McDowell.  PRESIDENT EDEN: It’s high time we met.  PRESIDENT EDEN: It’s high time we met. I’m quite pleased you were able to make it.

I’m quite pleased you were able to make it.  Despite the abundance of raiders, cannibals, warring factions, and horrific monsters,  Despite the abundance of raiders, cannibals, warring factions, and horrific monsters, this non-elect has a plan to cleanse the Wasteland. this non-elect has a plan to cleanse the Wasteland. Instead of letting loose the waters of life to restore prosperity, Instead of letting loose the waters of life to restore prosperity, Eden asks the Lone Wanderer to insert a modified version Eden asks the Lone Wanderer to insert a modified version of the Forced Evolutionary Virus into the purifier in order to kill all super-mutants. of the Forced Evolutionary Virus into the purifier in order to kill all super-mutants. While it somewhat succeeds in that respect, it also ends up While it somewhat succeeds in that respect, it also ends up poisoning the world in the process.

So…way to go. poisoning the world in the process. So…way to go.  RON PERLMAN: The Capitol Wasteland, despite its progress, became a graveyard.  RON PERLMAN: The Capitol Wasteland, despite its progress, became a graveyard.

NUMBER 4: The Beast — “InFAMOUS 2”  NUMBER 4: The Beast — “InFAMOUS 2”  JOHN WHITE: I had to pull myself back together.  JOHN WHITE: I had to pull myself back together. Do you have any idea how hard that is? Do you have any idea how hard that is?

COLE: It sounds tricky.  COLE: It sounds tricky.  After learning of the incoming threat of a creature known as “The Beast,”  After learning of the incoming threat of a creature known as “The Beast,” who wouldn’t have thought that Cole would have a lot of time who wouldn’t have thought that Cole would have a lot of time for turning into a megalomaniac?

for turning into a megalomaniac? However, as it turns out, the one way to kill The Beast However, as it turns out, the one way to kill The Beast would also lead to the death of every Conduit in the planet. would also lead to the death of every Conduit in the planet.  THE BEAST: I have control now, consciousness. Sometimes, it’s too much.

THE BEAST: I have control now, consciousness. Sometimes, it’s too much.  If your Karma has led you down the path of infamy,  If your Karma has led you down the path of infamy, then Cole decides that humanity can pretty much go screw itself. then Cole decides that humanity can pretty much go screw itself. Killing off his former friends one by one, Cole eventually takes the place of The Beast Killing off his former friends one by one, Cole eventually takes the place of The Beast and leads all Conduits in a battle for supremacy on the evolutionary ladder. and leads all Conduits in a battle for supremacy on the evolutionary ladder.

COLE: I’ve been given powers to save the world from this change…  COLE: I’ve been given powers to save the world from this change… but now I stand at its center. but now I stand at its center.  NUMBER 3: Genocide — “Undertale”  NUMBER 3: Genocide — “Undertale”  Did you perhaps fall in love  Did you perhaps fall in love with this revolutionary indie game’s cast of charming characters? with this revolutionary indie game’s cast of charming characters?

Did you build solid friendships with them that were only cemented Did you build solid friendships with them that were only cemented in a beautiful finale where everyone got their happy endings? in a beautiful finale where everyone got their happy endings? Well, now, you get to slaughter them all! Well, now, you get to slaughter them all!

Should you grind your way through killing every single monster in the underground, Should you grind your way through killing every single monster in the underground, you eventually come face-to-face with Chara. you eventually come face-to-face with Chara. In a rather surreal exchange, they offer you a chance to erase the world. In a rather surreal exchange, they offer you a chance to erase the world.  ♫ (foreboding chord, heartbeat) ♫  ♫ (foreboding chord, heartbeat) ♫  Regardless of rather you agree or not, you still end up meeting your maker,  Regardless of rather you agree or not, you still end up meeting your maker, and, in the process, permanently taint your saved file.

and, in the process, permanently taint your saved file. Meaning, if you try to get the good ending AFTER doing the Genocide run, this happens. Meaning, if you try to get the good ending AFTER doing the Genocide run, this happens.

(evil twinkle, sinister laughter)  (evil twinkle, sinister laughter)  NUMBER 2: The Fall of the Empire — “Dishonored”  NUMBER 2: The Fall of the Empire — “Dishonored”  EMILY: The others are all dead, aren’t they?  EMILY: The others are all dead, aren’t they? That’s all right; I was going to have them killed anyway. That’s all right; I was going to have them killed anyway.  Just because you’re a masked master assassin  Just because you’re a masked master assassin blessed with powers from a less-than-benevolent deity, blessed with powers from a less-than-benevolent deity, does that really give you the excuse to kill EVERYONE?! does that really give you the excuse to kill EVERYONE?!

Well, if players choose to let Corvo loose and kill his intended targets, Well, if players choose to let Corvo loose and kill his intended targets, and not care how many guardsmen or civilians lose their heads in the process, and not care how many guardsmen or civilians lose their heads in the process, then the result is that all of Dunwall is thrown into high chaos. then the result is that all of Dunwall is thrown into high chaos.  NARRATOR: What will history tell us?  NARRATOR: What will history tell us?

That the daughter of a murdered empress ascended the throne That the daughter of a murdered empress ascended the throne up a mountain of corpses, carried by an assassin named Corvo? up a mountain of corpses, carried by an assassin named Corvo?  A land of infamy and death made infinitely worse  A land of infamy and death made infinitely worse if you didn’t manage to save Emily from plunging to her death. if you didn’t manage to save Emily from plunging to her death.

Sure, revenge may be sweet, but was it really worth it in the end? Sure, revenge may be sweet, but was it really worth it in the end?  NARRATOR: It’s just as well… The Empire was dying already, completely rotten.

NARRATOR: It’s just as well… The Empire was dying already, completely rotten.  Before we reveal our Number 1 pick, here are a few Honorable Mentions…  Before we reveal our Number 1 pick, here are a few Honorable Mentions…  (beeping, alarm sounding)  (beeping, alarm sounding) (white noise) (white noise) (ominous rumbling) (ominous rumbling)  NUMBER 1: Darth Revan is Reborn — “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic”  NUMBER 1: Darth Revan is Reborn — “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic”  MALAK: A small part of me has always regretted betraying you from afar.  MALAK: A small part of me has always regretted betraying you from afar.

Wait, you mean we’re actually an all-powerful Sith Lord?  Wait, you mean we’re actually an all-powerful Sith Lord? That we can plunge the galaxy into a new era of darkness That we can plunge the galaxy into a new era of darkness while also showing Darth Malak who’s the boss? while also showing Darth Malak who’s the boss? Any friend or foe who stands in our way will be heavily crushed Any friend or foe who stands in our way will be heavily crushed by our mastery of the Force?! Heh, sign us up!

by our mastery of the Force?! Heh, sign us up!  (lightning strike)  (lightning strike)  As well as being one of the best twists in all of gaming,  As well as being one of the best twists in all of gaming, this alternate ending gives players the chance to relish their return to the Dark Side this alternate ending gives players the chance to relish their return to the Dark Side to the point where you truly feel like nothing can stand in your way. to the point where you truly feel like nothing can stand in your way.

There is no other conclusion that made us feel There is no other conclusion that made us feel that the role of villain is way more fun than playing the hero. that the role of villain is way more fun than playing the hero.  SITH FORCES: All hail Lord Revan!

SITH FORCES: All hail Lord Revan!  BASTILA: The Sith bow before you; you have reclaimed your rightful throne!  BASTILA: The Sith bow before you; you have reclaimed your rightful throne!  Do you agree with our list?

 

Keyboards for Gaming & Office Work

  • February 22, 2019

Wha-Wha-Wha wha-wha-wha how you doing that with the magic of choice, all right so over the past year, or so, my keyboard collection has grown a little bit and just as with gaming mice, I keep everything that I like, not just in storage, but actually use them in Rotation now I realized my privilege of, like you know, going through so many gaming peripherals, but doing videos on those of course gives me access to everything like that, and so today I want to share my three favorite tkl keyboards, that you could potentially use in your Gaming space office space or just for casual use, and so, if you’re, urging for a tkl upgrade for your keyboard, make sure check out description. Everything is listed. There welcome the entire H series from NZXT one of the most elegant case lineups with the premium construction. You’Ll appreciate and the little details like purple USB ports, perforate shroud floor and the iconic cable cover.

We’Ve got an ITX option: the H 200, your standard ATX mid tower at age 500 and the big guns, the H 700, all available with a smart device for RGB illumination and fan control, or the standard variations with a smart interior to complement an easy assembly. The H series has Hardware connects approved and is something for everyone check casino deposit methods canada. So here the are my three favorite tkl keyboards, the G Pro from Logitech. It’S by far my most used one here, it’s been on my desk since launch the mastdrop ctrl is one of the more premium and customizable boards that I have with a fantastic color scheme and a gorgeous illumination, and the most recent edition is the Tesoro gram spectrum Tkl for its low profile, nature and a little variation of the mechanical switches form factor wise.

They all share the same tenkeyless design without the number pad on the side, but they all have their unique characteristics. So, for example, the gram spectrum TKL has that low profile frame and the key caps, the angular front section, helps to further minimize the footprint. While the keys on the G Pro are slightly submerged into the frame with the larger forehead above the top row and a totally floating key cap design on the control keyboard with an elegant, symmetrical slab of aluminum for the mainframe all feature a removable, cable centered. On the G Pro right side on the gram, tkl and dual sided: type-c port on the control keyboard for extra routing flexibility, and that a new sport can be used for additional type-c accessories, which is pretty cool. They all have some four of RGB elimination that is handled quite differently.

For example, a G Pro keyboard has the Logitech’s own romer switches with a centered led to illuminate the transparent section of the keys evenly without any spill below the keys, and I love this look. You can do all kind of effects and perky color customization to the Graham spectrum. Tkl uses two source, agile switches with the transparent base and therefore gives that cool under glow effect for the entire keyboard and has an even better light spill on the white frame. We have multiple color effects and per key color customization as well. The control keyboard can be picked up with multiple mechanical switches, so I have the halo, clear switches and because they’re exposed at the bottom that the illumination effect is pretty strong. Plus we get an additional LED strip around the bottom of the frame to cast some more color on the surface.

It is definitely one of the prettiest keyboards. I have in my collection, especially with that two-tone gray color scheme on the keycap layout, but I will say that the uniformity could be slightly better as individual LEDs on a light bar are clearly visible and, as usual, multiple color effects have built in with per key Color selection available and so all three keywords are slightly different and will attract a particular type of user. So, for example, the control keyboard from massdrop, it’s more targeted for enthusiasts, given this price point and also not full time availability. But we have full customization with qmk firmware where you can assign all types of commands and create layers of key customization, and even these switches are hot swappable. For those wanting to experiment to create your like perfect feeling, keyboard and assign multiple switches throughout the entire board. Without soldering, anything which is pretty awesome, the key caps are also high-quality, double shot BBT with an interesting grainy texture and also the cleanest font, especially compared to the other two keyboards.

Now my gaming keyboard choice, of course, has to be the g pro from large tag. It’S a tough little board that has seen a lot of action, and my primary purpose of using this for games are the romer g switches and while I really like the insane variety of em extra options, the Romer G is just such an awesome. Combination of a quiet switch with a slight tactile point that I’m extremely comfortable with they are kind of similar to MX browns, but I still prefer the romaji.

And lastly, if I want to switch things up a bit for a more minimalist look, I take out the Tesoro gram spectrum tkl and I kind of wish I had the white edition of this keyboard that can blend a bit more with My Space, but the low Profile, nature is pretty unique, plus the linear red, agile switches feel smooth and awesome for typing, as the actuation point is slightly shorter at 1.5, millimeters and they’re also pretty light at 45 grams and they’re, also pretty quiet too. So there you have it my three favorite tkl keyboards. In a nutshell, if you’re thinking of picking one up, everything will be listed in description below, and I realized my privilege of having these three models on hand and picking and choosing whichever I feel like of using in that particular day. If I had to choose one, I would probably stick with the G Pro by Logitech. It really comes down to three factors. The romaji switches are awesome, they’re, simple, minimalist design, plus pretty decent RGB illumination that isn’t too out there, but still allows for a little bit of fun.

I will never try to like color match my peripherals. Now. I’Ve had this keyboard for almost two years, and I read online based on long-term customer views of two years, plus that some keys stop working and the main comment for many users is the LED burning out on certain keys, not displaying any more color so giving you Half two years warranty that’s unfortunate, but I haven’t had any issues since that the soraa would be my second choice simply because the price is good. I love the low profile design. I don’t really care about the key switches.

You know they’ve had bad reputation in the past, but since the agile switches, I think are pretty decent feels very nice and I switch mallets as well when they need to do some typing. I love typing on the agile red switches and then the control keyboard. That’S a particular one, that’s so premium and I love the the switches. I love everything about it: delighting in the build quality, the the heaviness of the switch, the customization everything about it, but it’s not easy to get a hold of, because it’s on mass drops which are not always present, and so that would be my third choice, but Still, it’s a really awesome free keyboard for enthusiasts.

How to win at blackjack (21) with gambling expert Michael “Wizard of Odds” Shackleford

  • October 17, 2018

Hi and welcome to our series of educational videos that are designed to make you a smarter gambler. My name is Steve Bourie and I’m the author of the American casino guide, which is the number one bestselling book in the US on the subject of casino gambling and travel and the only book that comes with more than one thousand dollars in casino coupons. If you want to know more about me or my book be sure to visit my website at americancasinoguide.com in this video I’ll, be speaking with gambling expert Michael Shackleford, who is also known as the Wizard of Odds – and I ask him all about blackjack, We videotaped his Interview with Mike in Las Vegas in September 2010, and I’m sure that it will help to answer many of the questions that you have about blackjack and how you can be a long-term winner at the game.

What is the object of the game of blackjack? The object of blackjack is to get more points than the dealer without going over 21. How is the casinos mathematical advantage determined in blackjack?

The casino gets its advantage in blackjack because the player has to act first, if both the player and the dealer bust, the player loses now. How is the house advantage calculated in blackjack, you might ask, it’s very calculated, can be done a number of different ways, but basically you need computers to either simulate a game or run through every single combination of the ways the cards could play out. Assuming the player plays correct strategy and under most common sets of blackjack rules with basic strategy, the house advantage is gon na range anywhere from about 0.25 percent.

All the way past two percent for horrible games, like those that pay six to five on a blackjack, Is a single deck game, always better for the player. The number of decks is very important in blackjack the fewer the number of decks, the better the odds for the player, however, be careful. The casinos know that the players know that so they’re trying to trick the players with single deck games that pay only six to five on a blackjack.

It’S much better to play an 8 deck game that pays 3-2 on a blackjack than a single deck game. That pays only 6-5, in other words, what that they pay on a blackjack is much more important than how many decks they use.

What are some rule variations and how do they affect the casinos advantage? The rules have a lot to do with the house advantage in blackjack, and the rules vary significantly from casino to casino and table from table within the casino. The most important thing the players to look for with good rules is that they pay 3-2 on a blackjack.

If they don’t walk away, makes no difference what the other rules are. Once you find a 3-2 game, then it’s good, the fewer the decks the better. If you can play a double deck game, that’s better than a six deck game and other good rules to look for are: does the dealer hit or stand on a soft 17?

It’S to your advantage.

If the dealer stands on a soft 17, it’s good! If they let you double after a split, it’s good, if they let you surrender it’s good, if they let you resplit aces, Can you explain what a continuous shuffler is and how it affects the game?

A continuous shuffling machine is a time-saving, shuffling device that was invented. So that the dealers don’t have to shuffle the cards every single time they reach the cut card.

The way a continuous shuffler works is, after the dealer has dealt around, they will scoop up all the cards put them in a little pile and feed them into the shuffling machine.

There are usually five decks of cards in the shuffling machine, and the Machine will randomly place those discards back into the shoe. Another question I get asked a lot is: are the odds a worse in a continuous shuffle game? Actually, the odds are a little bit better.

Just a little bit better in a continuously shuffled game, it’s mathematically complicated to explain why. However, the player should also keep in mind that, because the dealer isn’t taking breaks to shuffle the cards, there’s going to be more hands per hour likely in a continuously shuffle game, and that’s going to be more money that you can expect to lose per hour. What is basic strategy Blackjack basic strategy is a strategy that tells you the mathematically, correct way to play any player hand and any dealer up card.

It looks like this to use it. You would look up your hand going down this way across the dealers up card. This way, for example, say I have an ace in a seven or soft 18, a dealer showing a 10 most players with incorrectly stand. On that hand saying well, an 18 is good enough, but you look at the chart and It’ll say say H for hit.

So the odds favor hitting in that situation, Any good blackjack player should memorize this basic strategy.

Once you memorize this, you can cut the house advantage down under good rules to about 0.25 percent, considering the comps you’re gon na get from the casino it’s like free entertainment. Can a player be a long-term winner using a progressive betting system? Well, first, let me explain what a progressive betting system is. The most common one is called a martingale and the way that works is every time you lose a bet.

You double your bet.

The next time, so let’s say you start with a dollar bet you lose, then you bet two. You lose then bet four.

You lose that you bet 8. You lose that you bet 16 and then let’s say you win that you would win 16, but you will have lost 8, 4, 2 and 1, which add up to fifteen. So no matter with the martingale. As long as you eventually hit a win, you’re always going to net one dollar for every single win sounds good.

No, because, no matter how much money you have its eventually gon na happen that you hit that string of losses, and you don’t have enough money to double again now.

A lot of players falsely believe that these that these betting systems, like this win because most of the time they do but the day that you can’t double your bet, that last time is gon na, be the day that you have given back everything that you ever Won up until that point, computer simulations have shown that no betting system can survive the long-term. They can’t. Not only can betting systems not overcome the house advantage, they can’t even dent it and please no matter what you do never pay for a book or a website that is selling betting systems. These are all charlatans and scam artists.

They do not work over the long run. How can a player be a long-term winner at blackjack? Probably the most common way is through card counting, which absolutely does work.

Ther are a lotta movies about it and books about it.

The basic principle is: is that when the remaining cards in the shoe are rich in tens and aces the odds favor, that player when the remaining cards are rich in small cards, the odds favor the dealer. So the players going to bet more when the deck is rich in good cards and he’s going to make adjustments to his strategy to um, to hit less and double more in the situations when the deck is rich in the good cards, Can a player be a Long term, winner, using basic strategy, the basic strategy is great. You can cut down the house advantage to 0.26 percent under liberal strip rules. However, you can’t overcome the house advantage with basic strategy alone.

The casino is always going to have a slight advantage, so the player should not count on winning long-term with the basic strategy. However, if the player factors in comps and tournament, invitations and other niceties that the casino gives you much like in video poker, you can come out ahead with the basic strategy.

Does it matter where you sit at the table? One question I get a lot is: does it make any difference where you sit at the blackjack table, whether it be first base or the first player to act or third base the last player somewhere in the middle? The odds make absolutely no difference.

Another common myth is that the third baseman controls the game for all the players and if he makes a bad play its gon na up cause everyone to lose. That’S absolutely a myth. The odds are the same, no matter how the third baseman plays his cards Since blackjack is a game of skill.

If you are at a table with a lot of bad players, does it affect your odds of winning? Blackjack is absolutely a game, a skill.

However, what matters is your skill. What the other players are doing makes no difference at all. It’S a common myth that bad players at the table cause everybody to lose. Absolutely not true.

You could be playing with the world’s worst blackjack players and its not gon na make any difference to you over the long run. Does it matter if you play at a full table or an empty table.

Mathematically speaking, the odds, don’t matter whether you’re playing at a full table or the or an empty table, however, at a full table, you’re going to be getting a lot fewer hands per hour.

So if you’re trying to minimize your expected losses per hour, then it’s better to play Casinoslots. If you want a lot of hands per hour, obviously you should be playing by yourself now when the casinos calculate comps, they go by average bet and time played. So if you’re trying to get the most comp mileage out of your play, play at a full table because you’re gon na be betting less money, but still getting the same benefit as a player playing by himself. Should a player ever taken insurance Unless you’re counting cards?

Absolutely never take insurance.

The house advantage on the insurance is 7.7 percent, it’s a lousy bet and before you ask, don’t take insurance or even money. Even if the dealer has an ace up, it’s still a lousy bet try to get the full 3-2 pay out. Now.

There is an exception for card counters. If somehow you know the remaining cards are rich in lotsa tens, then insurance can become a good bet, but if you have no idea, if you’re, not tracking, for that always decline insurance, What is your best advice for blackjack players? My best advice for blackjack players is to seek out games with good rules 3-2 in a blackjack, preferably double-deck, preferably the dealer stands on a soft 17.

You can look up the house advantage for any set of blackjack rules on my website and there’s lots of other books and sources that give you that information as well. Then you should play good strategy. The basic strategy is a great place to start. This will cut down the house advantage to a very thin amount if this is too complicated.

I have something on my website: wizardofodds.com called the wizard simple blackjack strategy, which is just about 16 rules of thumb that will get you very close to the house advantage that you could get with the basic strategy.

Would you suggest going to comedian Jimmy JJ Walker for blackjack advice? No problem, they don’t know, but thank goodness I came in the professional. Is here leading the way Your best piece of advice, rather blackjack players Never hit on 12.

That’S a cardinal sin never hit on 12 ever, never Absolutely not. How can people people learn more about you and your work If you want to improve your odds in any casino game, I welcome you to visit my website. Wizardofodds.Com it’ll show you the correct strategy to at least a hundred different casino games, or you can buy my book gambling 102, which will show you how to play the most common casino games.

Don’T forget that you can see more of our educational gaming videos on our YouTube channel just go to youtube.com/americancasinoguide

Once Upon a Time: Wil Wheaton, Amy Berg, Mike Phirman, and Chris “Doc” Wyatt on TableTop SE2E03

  • October 17, 2018

– Woohoo. WIL WHEATON: Did you know that classic fairy tales are actually more gruesome and horrible than we know them to be? They were actually designed as morality tales to terrify children into staying out of the woods, listening to their parents, and never talking to wolves. For example, in the original “Rapunzel” the handsome prince climbs her hair only to find out that she is actually an alien dragon controlled by a robot. She eats him. In the original unedited “Cinderella,” the glass slipper is actually her cousin’s face.

It is too horrible for me to describe on a family program. When these tales reached American shores, they were sanitized for a more delicate audience, though they retained their classic characters. Today on “TableTop,” Chris ‘Doc’ Wyatt, Amy Berg, Mike Phirman, and I will find out what happens when a fairy tale is created in these modern times. Will it be sanitized and gentle? Or will it hew more closely to its gruesome, robot-filled, 16th-centure roots.

We will begin, as we always do, once upon a time. “Once Upon a Time” is a wonderful, cooperative, improvised storytelling game with a fairy tale theme. Players will work together building a story from a hand of cards, each containing a fairy tale element, like a crown, a kingdom, a dragon, a sword, or a witch. I may have made a robot card and put it in this deck, but you can’t prove it. The players will work together to tell a fairy tale by playing cards out of their hand and incorporating the elements on those cards into the story.

There are three ways you can become the narrator. The active narrator can pass control of the story to you. If the active narrator mentions an element you have on a card in your hand, like a dragon, you can play that card and now you are the narrator.

Finally, we have these cards called “interrupts,” which we will explain when they come up in play. This is not really a competitive game. This game is really about telling a story.

But we are all sort of working against each other in one significant way. Every one of us will have a secret ending that only we know on a card just like these. We will try to steer the story slowly toward our preferred ending.

The first player to use all the cards in their hand and bring the story to their desired conclusion is the winner. A lot of us playing this game are writers, and to paraphrase one of my very favorite writers, the story is the thing. Let’s find out what happens once upon a time. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: My name is Chris Wyatt, but everybody calls me Doc.

I am an independent film producer. I was one of the producers of the movie “Napoleon Dynamite” and a few others. I’m also a freelance animation writer. MIKE PHIRMAN: My name is Mike Phirman, and I’m known for music comedy. And I’m known for being the “Phirm” half of “Hard ‘n Phirm,” which is a music company duo.

AMY BERG: I am Amy Berg. I write TV and movies and stuff. WIL WHEATON: Rules for “Once Upon a Time” state that the player who looks most like a storyteller goes first. So, how many pilots have you sold this year? MIKE PHIRMAN: That I can talk about?

None. WIL WHEATON: How many pilots have you sold this year? CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: To friends, or to actual networks? WIL WHEATON: Probably networks.

CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: No, none. WIL WHEATON: OK, I have sold zero, although my show TableTop was renewed. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: Congratulations. I’m glad to hear about that. WIL WHEATON: How many have you sold, Berg?

Sorry. How many pilots have you sold, Berg? Is it more than zero?

AMY BERG: It’s more than zero and less than 10. WIL WHEATON: Is it more than one? AMY BERG: Yes. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: Inclusive?

WIL WHEATON: Is it more than two? AMY BERG: Possibly. WIL WHEATON: Is it three?

AMY BERG: It is three. WIL WHEATON: I knew that. MIKE PHIRMAN: Game over.

WIL WHEATON: Yay. All right, you’re going to go first then because you are the most storytellery. All right, so everyone has looked at their endings? Yes, all right.

I’m not quite sure how this is going to land here. My ending is a cautionary tale, as fairy tales so often are. You must learn the importance of choosing the proper companions. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: I’ve got an ending that involves a tyrant. It says the tyrant was destroyed and everyone was happy. Which means if I’m going to win this game, I’ve got to introduce a tyrant at some point.

MIKE PHIRMAN: My ending card was a little disappointing because it was evildoers are thrown down the well. AMY BERG: So my ending is, two people who are very much in love somehow get parted. One of them perishes, and the other one is injured in that process.

I totally got this. All right. So, gentleman, once upon a time there lived a giant named Frank.

CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: I love giants. WIL WHEATON: Frank the giant. AMY BERG: Frank lived in a cave. WIL WHEATON: I love him already. AMY BERG: Yeah. Frank lived in a cave.

WIL WHEATON: Frank the Giant lived in a cave. OK. AMY BERG: And he was very, very nervous about most things, because he’s a giant and he was the only one around. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: There are no other giants?

WIL WHEATON: Is he the last of the giants? AMY BERG: He’s is last of the giants? He’s the last remaining giant. WIL WHEATON: Frank, the last of the giants, wow. AMY BERG: Which means, you know, no getting it on with you a giant girl, because, like, there’s none left. It’s just him.

So he’s very nervous that people are going to discover, possibly find where he lives. Because he’s an outcast. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: Because people want to kill him. AMY BERG: I think people want him dead. I think he’s scary.

He’s different from everyone. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: If people saw him, what would he do? AMY BERG: I think I think they would challenge him verbally to a duel. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: OK. Verbal duel with a giant sounds– they kill all the other giants verbally? AMY BERG: No, they use this weaponry. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: They were fighting, I guess, the giants.

Weapons? AMY BERG: Actually, it was bigger than that. It was actually a global thermonuclear war. WIL WHEATON: Whoa. AMY BERG: And he’s the last one– MIKE PHIRMAN: Card number three is global therm– WIL WHEATON: There was a global thermonuclear war.

MIKE PHIRMAN: How many of these would survive that? AMY BERG: When you get a card that says “global thermonuclear war,” you think two things. Oh crap. And this could be really cool. The people who started the war, they were just trying to get rid of the giants.

And luckily, his– MIKE PHIRMAN: Just trying to do a typical giantocide. AMY BERG: His personal giant cave was protected with whatever material protects people from that kind of radiation. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: Plastic sheeting. Plastic sheeting protects you from nuclear– WIL WHEATON: There’s no plastic sheeting in a fairy tale. AMY BERG: I think maybe aluminum foil or something like that. So he was protected, and so were the people that caused the war.

Because they live in a bubble in the village where they all live. And the people are known as the Nordic Tribe of um, um, um– WIL WHEATON: I think three ums means you’re rambling. I think three ums is a ramble.

AMY BERG: Fine. I took a card. Go. WIL WHEATON: Great.

So, Frank, the last of the giants, has a terrible secret. In this cave, he has a fire pit. And then that fire pit, of course, burns a fire. AMY BERG: Really? WIL WHEATON: However, it’s not natural fire.

AMY BERG: What? WIL WHEATON: It is a muse of fire. MIKE PHIRMAN: Fire muse. WIL WHEATON: It is a muse of fire. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: And this is the Secret? WIL WHEATON: Yes.

The muse of the fire is named Steve. Steve the fire muse and Frank the giant are in love. And their love can never be– CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: Consummated.

WIL WHEATON: Consummated is a word I was trying really hard not to say. But it’s one that’s going to be there. No, it’s a word that [INAUDIBLE]. AMY BERG: It’s on tape now, buddy. If a fire muse and a giant want to get together, I say that’s a-OK. WIL WHEATON: The question is not, would I date a giant named Frank. The question is, how did I ever get over it?

Frank and Steve now live alone in this cave. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: That’s tragic. MIKE PHIRMAN: So people, they don’t know where he is, though?

WIL WHEATON: No, because it’s very far away from the bubble village where the protective people live. And every day, Frank the giant and Steve the fire muse do this thing that Mike’s going to tell us. MIKE PHIRMAN: Oh yeah. I’ve played “Once Upon a Time” every day for the last 17 years. So I should really win this game.

I’ve played it twice, maybe a handful of times. So what they do is, they will go down to the local swamp, right. Every area has a swamp. WIL WHEATON: Every cave has swamp attrition. MIKE PHIRMAN: They’re popping up everywhere. WIL WHEATON: You pay extra for that.

MIKE PHIRMAN: That’s true. So they have a pretty decent swamp. AMY BERG: Which is kind of messy, though, I would imagine, because of the war. MIKE PHIRMAN: Yeah, it’s probably a lot more red than it used to be. And giants bleed a lot.

WIL WHEATON: Yeah, full of blood. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: A fire muse isn’t threatened by the water in this swamp at all. MIKE PHIRMAN: By the way, swamp. WIL WHEATON: Glad you got that out there.

Good work. MIKE PHIRMAN: Yes, the swamp was Arugapharrrrr. WIL WHEATON: Arugapharrrr. AMY BERG: Arugapharrrr. MIKE PHIRMAN: Arugapharrrr.

AMY BERG: So, Phirman named the swamp rarrrrrr? Or something. I might have been missing a constant or a vowel. Or several. WIL WHEATON: Havarrrrr? No.

Havarrrr. Regional dialects give me a really hard time. MIKE PHIRMAN: So, the local swamp, they down there. And what they would do is, Steve the fire is actually kind of the ugly duckling of his family. Right?

AMY BERG: Hard to love, except by giants. MIKE PHIRMAN: Yeah, exactly. Because not only is Arugapharrrr a swamp, it’s actually Steve’s parent. They’re like those animals that only needs one to go forward. It’s not a sexual thing. AMY BERG: An element birthed another element?

CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: The swamp gave birth to a fire muse? MIKE PHIRMAN: Exactly. WIL WHEATON: That makes sense. That’s what happens after a global thermonuclear war. MIKE PHIRMAN: Yeah, that’s totally plausible.

WIL WHEATON: So they go down there every day to visit Steve’s parents? MIKE PHIRMAN: Yeah. Or what’s left of them. Global thermonuclear war is also not good for the wetlands and living and swamp folk.

So they go down there, and it’s kind of like giant to a graveyard, going to a cemetery. So they go down there and they’re very sad. And what they do is, pass. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: They go down there to make a plan. They’re planning how they can express their love physically. Because normally the heat of Steve’s fire keeps them apart.

And that’s when it occurs tell them that if only the giant were actually a robot, made of metal with the high melting point, he could hug Steve. If only he were a robot. WIL WHEATON: Fairy tales are full of robots. All three little pigs? Robots.

Goldilocks? Robot. Red Riding Hood? Not a robot. Grandma?

Robot. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: But they need make a plan so that Frank the giant can become Frank the giant robot and express his love to Steve. Their one goal, Frank and Steve, is to also become parents and have a child together.

They don’t know exactly how that’s going to work between a giant who wants to be a robot and a fire muse. AMY BERG: In vitro? Oh wait, no. WIL WHEATON: In robo. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: So Frank needed to figure out how to become robot, or part robot, and he did that by passing to Amy Berg.

AMY BERG: Well, they didn’t do it yet, because it was actually a bone of contention between them. And they would argue relentlessly about this. And even Steve’s parents got involved.

Frankly, they didn’t want Frank to be with their son in the first place. There was another fire muse down the river they really wanted to set up Steve with. WIL WHEATON: So on this particular day when they had gone down to visit Steve’s parents and hatched the plan to convert, somehow, Frank into a robot, Steve’s parents dropped this terrible bombshell on them. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: Not the actual bomb. AMY BERG: No, that already happened.

WIL WHEATON: They revealed to Steve, we just don’t think Frank is right for you. We think fire muses should be with other fire muses. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: That’s so close-minded. WIL WHEATON: It’s terribly close-minded. It’s awful. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: Lone cave-dwelling giants should be allowed to marry fire muses if they choose.

Even if they’re born of different elements. WIL WHEATON: Steve and Frank responded the way that you would expect them to respond. They said, your opinion eats a dick.

CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: You have a card for that? WIL WHEATON: I wish I did. And they left. They left the swamp. They said, Steve’s parents, Mr. And Mrs. Muse, we will never see you again.

Because we only need to have people who support us in our lives. And they went deep into a nearby forest and began mining the materials necessary to build the exoskeleton of the robot. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: An exoskeleton for their love. WIL WHEATON: Now, as Frank was pulling large pieces of ore from the earth, they heard a voice behind a tree, and it said something from Mike Phirman.

MIKE PHIRMAN: Oh, that’s interesting. What was it? Oh, sorry. OK, yeah. Playing with Wil is a little like playing with a vampire where, if you’re a foot away from him, he can glamour you when he starts telling his details and you forget you are supposed to be interrupting him and playing as well. So that voice said, you guys should not be here.

You guys are off limits. This mining area belongs to the kingdom. Like royalty kingdom. AMY BERG: Like, the bubble kingdom? Or is it a different kingdom?

MIKE PHIRMAN: No, like, the bubble kingdom. Which was named Djrjhjan. Djrjhjan. D-J-R-J-H-J-A-N. AMY BERG: I really hope we don’t go back to the swamp because I don’t remember that one.

WIL WHEATON: The swamp was named Arugapharrrr. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: Mike’s coming up with some names that are really funny, but are really hard to remember. So when I get a chance to tell the story, I have to move to new locations because I can’t remember the names of the old locations. WIL WHEATON: I don’t know why anyone is having a problem with inventing words because, first of all, “arugapharrrr” is a word already.

MIKE PHIRMAN: Steven and Frank are like, yeah, we’re just going to be here for, like, a few minutes. We’re getting a little bit of ore. WIL WHEATON: And then we’ll be out of here. MIKE PHIRMAN: Yeah, and he’s like, oh let me guess.

You guys are making some kind of exoskeleton to down download your brain into so you guys can be together. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: Like a love robot. WIL WHEATON: What? MIKE PHIRMAN: And they’re like, are you serious? You know about that? How do you– And he’s like, look, I’m the spirit of the forest.

And I’m just telling you this because I’m very wise. And I’m trying to help you guys out. Here’s what you need to do. You guys need to go to a much different place, like Kahiman or Albuquerque .

CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: What are those places? MIKE PHIRMAN: Oh, those are different locations on the other side of the water. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: But what kind of locations?

MIKE PHIRMAN: Oh there are also mines, deserts, cliffs. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: Do they houses at all? MIKE PHIRMAN: Oh, some of them are near villages. It’s very important that it was near a village. I can’t wait to find out why.

WIL WHEATON: What’s the name of this particular village? CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: Well, the mine was near a village called Robot Town. AMY BERG: Well, sure. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: Robot Village, I mean to say. Robot Village. WIL WHEATON: It aspires to be Robot Town one day.

CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: One day It helps to become a city. But only if enough revenue is generated by their key industry. The key industry in Robot Village is the creation of love robot suits. AMY BERG: Of course. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: I’m really struggling at this point, because I’ve got a dead-weight card in my hand, which is “clothes.” And the main character of our story is a fire demon, fire muse, which presumably doesn’t wear clothes.

So unless one of the other players happens to randomly say, and by the way, he’s made a fire and has no clothes, I’m not really going get to play this card. So they traveled all day and they traveled all night, and they finally got to Robot Village, where they said, we want to acquire one of the love robots so we can be together. And the people of the village said, [INAUDIBLE] stuff.

AMY BERG: Well, the people in the village were shocked to see a giant, frankly. Because they had a whole war had broken out. And Frank was the last of the giants. And so now they look at Frank, and they’re like, A, we don’t have a suit big enough for you, and B, holy [BLEEP] you’re a giant.

So they were totally scared. And they, in fact, decided that the only way to– WIL WHEATON: I actually know what happened. AMY BERG: I think they chase them out of the village, Wil. WIL WHEATON: No, I think you played in aspect and I’ve got an interrupt. I will tell you exactly what happened.

The villagers were frightened by Frank’s largesse. They were confused by Steve the talking fire, they’d never seen that before. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: Outrageous. WIL WHEATON: Yeah, it’s a big deal. So the villagers quickly formed a council, as they so often do, and the council said, let’s keep them here. Let’s make them part of the village.

But we’re never really going to give them a robot suit. We’ll just sort of string them along. They were making mischief. AMY BERG: That’s terrible. WIL WHEATON: They were making terrible mischief. And Frank and Steve came into this group, and they were now given a group of little companions.

There were four little dudes, little villager guys. And they were– AMY BERG: They were little dudes? WIL WHEATON: Yes. WIL WHEATON: Maybe tiny dudes?

WIL WHEATON: They were so tiny. Yep, they were so tiny. AMY BERG: And what were their names, those four dudes? AMY BERG: Deedle, Dum, Horrachman, and Dave.

MIKE PHIRMAN: Why’d you look at me? WIL WHEATON: Yeah, of course, Dave. MIKE PHIRMAN: I just remember a harrrrrr sent at me, which I think was Amy.

As a reaction to the names that I’ve put out, I think Amy was trying to harrrrr for having made her make so many sounds today. AMY BERG: But these companions, it turns out– MIKE PHIRMAN: Really, they’re not just, like, hanging around them. They’re making sure– AMY BERG: Yes they’re like spies. MIKE PHIRMAN: Tiny, tiny spies.

AMY BERG: Tiny spies are the worst. Because you never see them coming. Frank’s huge, so they’d need to be in his hand for him to hang out with them. WIL WHEATON: So what happens when he’s with these companions? Do they take him somewhere?

AMY BERG: Well, the companions are disguised as his friends. But, in fact, are secret agents from the swamp. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: Swamp agents.

For the parent. WIL WHEATON: From the swamp of Arugapharrrr. They were sent by Steve’s parents to keep an eye on them.

Because although they threw their hands up and said, get the hell out of here, we don’t approve of your love. MIKE PHIRMAN: It’s Frank and Eve, not Frank and Steve. AMY BERG: That’s right. They still love their son, and they want to make sure he’s OK. So they’ve sent these four little companions, whose names you guys will remember. MIKE PHIRMAN: The four tiny companions, if I remember correctly– CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: Was it Tweedle or Dum?

No, Dweedle Dum. MIKE PHIRMAN: Bilbo? CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: A series of guttural noises and Dave.

AMY BERG: And their job was to– CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: To keep them apart. Is that what you said? AMY BERG: Yeah, well, now they’re settled. They’re actually enjoying living together in peace. And they have these four companions, who they think are there for their amusement. WIL WHEATON: That’s a lot of talking without a card, Amy Berg.

That was a lot of talking without a card. CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: Rambling. AMY BERG: Their goal was to chase them out of the village so they would, once again, be on the run. They wanted to create chaos in their lives. To break them up.

MIKE PHIRMAN: That’s a nasty plot by that swamp. WIL WHEATON: They are bad people, super bad people. So now, having been deceived by their new companions, the companions say to them, let’s go on a mission. Because we know that there is a great treasure that we are going to go on the hunt for. So they head out into the deepest, darkest of deep, dark forests. And they begin the hunt for the treasure.

And as they go out and find the treasure, the treasure, as it turns out, is at the bottom of a well. MIKE PHIRMAN: When Wil laid down with the well, I thought, oh, well, I clearly have a shot at this. I mean, everybody moved out of the way. I got them right there. The problem is, I still have like five cards. Basically, everybody else is going to have to stop talking for like a half hour for me to get through these things plausibly and to reach evildoers being at the bottom of this well.

WIL WHEATON: Now, this presents a problem. This presents a real problem. Because if Steve the fire muse goes into the well in an effort to pick up the treasure, he’ll be quenched. AMY BERG: Oh God. WIL WHEATON: So as he looks there, he says to Frank, Frank, you’re too much of a giant to go into this well.

AMY BERG: He’s so big. WIL WHEATON: But I can go into this well. And I can pull up the treasure for you. MIKE PHIRMAN: Who was saying this? I’m sorry.

WIL WHEATON: This is Steve, saying this to Frank, as the companion stand back like this. But he knows that if he does that, he will be forever lost. AMY BERG: Wow. WIL WHEATON: I know that this is a cooperative game. I’ve made a very big deal about how this is not about winning the game.

But it’s tabletop where I never win. I am one card away from victory, and I got them talking about companions. AMY BERG: That’s tough for Frank.

WIL WHEATON: It’s really tough for Frank. AMY BERG: Yeah, he’s super sad about that. Super duper sad. He’s like, dude, please, lover, Steve. Please, gosh, don’t do that. I mean, I will go.

I can build a deeper well. I can just sort of like, you know, go in there like, brraahh. And then create a bigger well. It’ll be fine. I can get the treasure. You don’t need to go in there.

So Frank does this. And he gets stuck. He does this and he gets stuck. And in order to save Frank, Steve has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Steve’s got to go down the well. Steve goes down the well. MIKE PHIRMAN: Where Frank is currently. AMY BERG: Yes, where Frank is. And he rescues his beloved.

Unfortunately, this– WIL WHEATON: How many cards do you have left there, Hidey? Hidey McHidehands. AMY BERG: Unfortunately, this results in his demise. WIL WHEATON: Steve dies. AMY BERG: Frank gets to the top of the well. And he’s all alone, and he’s injured, of course.

But eventually his would was healed. But his heart remained broken forever. WIL WHEATON: Wow.

AMY BERG: That’s so sad. WIL WHEATON: That’s a really sad story. AMY BERG: I mean, they blew up this entire people. And then he lost the one person that loved him. WIL WHEATON: That’s a bummer story. AMY BERG: Totally.

CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: And Frank’s got to go back to the swamp, to tell the parents. AMY BERG: Oh my god, he’s got to tell the parents. MIKE PHIRMAN: Aren’t they dead? AMY BERG: The parents? CHRIS ‘DOC’ WYATT: Did they die?

WIL WHEATON: They die in the expanded universe. AMY BERG: Harrrrr. WIL WHEATON: Amy Berg. AMY BERG: Yes. WIL WHEATON: You’ve used all your cards.

You’ve brought the story to a satisfying conclusion. You stole it away from me with one card left to go. I was there, I was on the doorstep. AMY BERG: I know. WIL WHEATON: I think I’m going to go ahead and declare you the winner of “Once Upon a Time.”

So you guys, listen. I think we worked together to tell an incredibly satisfying story. And I know this is the losers’ couch, but I feel like we’re not really losers today. MIKE PHIRMAN: All right, let’s go to the winners’– WIL WHEATON: Wait.

In that sense, we’re losers. But listen, hang out on this couch. It’s very comfortable.

I spend a lot of time here, so I know. I’m going to go downstairs and present Amy with her award. Now I would like for you to have your very own “TableTop” Certificate of Awesome.

AMY BERG: What? This is so cool. WIL WHEATON: Yeah. I’m going to fill in your information on it. So go ahead and give me your back here. Cross off “largest recursive kitchen.”

I don’t know why that’s there. And the “TableTop” story champ. Presented to Amy Berg! With an exclamation point. Let me sign it so its all official. And here you go.

AMY BERG: Suck on this. WIL WHEATON: Here, let me seal it so everyone knows it’s not fake. AMY BERG: Oh my god, it’s official now. WIL WHEATON: Make your victory speech. AMY BERG: Nice.

Well, It’s kind of what I do for a living. So, duh. WIL WHEATON: Thanks for watching. Until next time, play more games, and we’ll see you right back here on “TableTop.”

Soccer: Top 10 Premier League Betting Picks and Odds | April 12, 2018

  • October 12, 2018

WELCOME TO THIS WEEK’S PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING PREVIEW. TRITES WE’RE COMING OFF A PRETTY TOUGH WEEK, MY FIRST LOSING WEEK IN A MINUTE, BUT WE’VE GOT A NEW BATCH OF GAMES AND SOME GREAT ODDS TO SIFT THROUGH. WHY DON’T YOU GET US STARTED HERE WITH YOUR PICKS AND START ON THAT SOUTHAMPTON-CHELSEA CONTEST. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT FIXTURE FOR BOTH THESE CLUBS BUT FOR VERY DIFFERENT REASONS. THE SAINTS ARE QUICKLY SOLIDIFYING THERE SPOT IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP NEXT YEAR AND THE BLUES ARE LOSING GROUND ON THE TOP FOUR PLACES. EXPECT CHELSEA TO THROW EVERYTHING THEY HAVE AT A FLOUNDERING SOUTHAMPTON BACKLINE BUT IF THEY STRETCH TOO THIN, THEY COULD BE VULNERABLE AND I LIKE OVER 2.5 TO BE EASILY TOPPLED.

NEXT UP IT’S A BATTLE OF MID-TABLERS WHEN BURNLEY HOSTS LEICESTER CITY WITH THE CLARETS LEADING THE FOXES BY 6 POINTS FOR 7TH PLACE. BURNLEY IS STILL CLINGING ON TO AN OUTSIDE SHOT AT EUROPEAN PLACES AND I LIKE THEM TO GET IT DONE HERE AT TURF MOOR AS +155 FAVORITES. SPORTSBOOKS KEEP OFFERING ME VALUE ON THE BURNLEY MONEYLINE SO I’LL KEEP TAKING IT.

TWO OUT OF FORM CLUBS MEET AT THE JOHN SMITH’S ON SATURDAY WHEN THE TERRIERS OF HUDDERSFIELD HOST THE HORNETS OF WATFORD AND I’LL HAVE A GO AT THE VISITORS DRAW NOT BET LINE. WAGNER’S HUDDERS ARE DESPERATE FOR POINTS WITH RELEGATION LOOMING BUT I’M NOT CONVINCED THEY HAVE THE DEFENSIVE QUALITY TO STOP A HORNETS SIDE THAT CAN SCORE WHEN IT GETS OUT OF ITS OWN WAY. IN WHAT IS HANDS DOWN THE BIGGEST MATCH OF THE WEEKEND, TOTTENHAM HOSTS MAN CITY WITH THE PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY IN ATTENDANCE.

SPURS ARE SLIGHT UNDERDOGS ACCORDING TO ODDSMAKERS AFTER THAT EMBARRASSMENT IN THE REVERSE FIXTURE BUT GIVEN THE FORM OF BOTH TEAMS I’M GOING TO HAVE A PUNT ON TOTTENHAM AT +160. SUNDAY’S FINAL MATCH SEES UNITED HOST WEST BROM AND HONESTLY, THEY CAN BEAT THE BAGGIES AS BADLY AS THEY WANT TO. TAKE THE RED DEVILS’ TEAM OVER OF 2.5 GOALS AT +150. I’LL START WITH SWANSEA AT HOME AGAINST EVERTON.

THE TOFFEES HAMMERED THE SWANS 3-1 IN THE REVERSE FIXTURE BACK IN DECEMBER BUT THE WELSH OUTFIT ARE RIDING A FOUR-MATCH WINNING STREAK AT HOME WHICH INCLUDES WINS OVER LIVERPOOL AND ARSENAL. I’M GOING TO GO CONSERVATIVE HERE AND BACK THE SWANS ON A DRAW-NO-BET WAGER AT -130. NEXT UP, CRYSTAL PALACE HOSTS BRIGHTON AND THE HOME TEAM HAS BEEN IN A BIT OF A RUT WITH JUST SIX POINTS IN THEIR LAST 10 GAMES BUT I THINK THEY BUST OUT OF THIS THIS WEEKEND. THAT SAID, THIS WILL BE A TIGHTLY-CONTESTED MATCH AND WHILE PALACE -105 FULL GAME MONEYLINE LOOKS GOOD, TAKE THE MORE APPEALING PALACE FIRST HALF MONEYLINE AT +170. ONE THING WE KNOW FOR SURE IS THAT WHEN LIVERPOOL AND BOURNEMOUTH MEET, THERE IS USUALLY GOALS.

THE LAST FOUR PREMIER LEAGUE MEETINGS HAVE SEEN A COMBINED 18 GOALS. DON’T NEED TO OVERTHINK THIS ONE AND GIVE ME OVER 1.5 FIRST HALF GOALS AT EVEN MONEY. ARSENAL AND NEWCASTLE KICK THINGS OFF SUNDAY IN THE NORTHEAST AND THIS JUST ISN’T A MATCHUP THAT THE GUNNERS LOSE. THE MAGPIES HAVE LOST 10-STRAIGHT PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES VERSUS ARSENAL AND ARE WINLESS IN A DOZEN. THE LAST TIME THE MAGPIES BEAT ARSENAL IT WAS THANKS TO AN ANDY CARROLL GOAL AT THE EMIRATES BACK IN NOVEMBER OF 2010.

THE GUNNERS ARE +110 IN MONEYLINE MARKETS, SO I’LL TAKE A LITTLE PIECE OF THAT THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FINALLY, THE MONDAY GAME PITS STOKE AT WEST HAM…THE POTTERS HAVE LOST FOUR-STRAIGHT, THE HAMMERS HAVE FOUR POINTS FROM THEIR LAST TWO. THERE’S GOOD VALUE ON THE HAMMERS MONEYLINE AT -105, BUT I’LL GO OVER 2.5 FULL GAME AT +105. LITERALLY ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN IN THIS GAME AND IT WOULDN’T SURPRISE ME. THAT’S ALL FROM US FOR THIS WEEK’S PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING PREVIEW.

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Winning Slot Strategies

  • March 23, 2018

Betting strategies are the act of betting in a certain way to increase your chances of success. There have been many techniques invented for casino games, such as the martingale system in roulette. But for now, we’re looking at slots, particularly the online variety. Seemingly much more random than other casino games. Is it possible to bet smart when it comes to online slots..

Firstly, let’s get all the myths out of the way. Betting higher is always better This doesn’t make any sense because you would either lose or gain money at the same rate. It’s good if you win money quickly, therefore counteracting your original bigger risk, but in the end it does nothing to improve your winnings. Bet amount should be decided by your bankroll and so smaller bets might let you play for longer!

Selecting certain paylines All paylines have an equal chance of hitting. Betting strategies will often tell you to only bet on horizontal lines because they’re more likely to have something across them, but it’s rubbish. symbols will appear randomly across reels, so there’s nothing to make them line up horizontally. It’s a complete misunderstanding of how slots work. Don’t listen to it. Hot and cold slots As soon as you hit the spin button, the outcome of the slot is decided. That spinning animation you see is simply a random number generator picking which symbols to show. There’s no pattern or routine to when symbols come up, it’s random every single time. Because of this, every spin has the same odds of winning or losing. You can’t wait around for a slot to pay out better. Hot and cold might be true of fruit machines in pubs, but online, it works very differently.

So the options for betting smart are limited. But there are a few things you can do. Find a slot with a high RTP, that’s the return to player rate. It’s your only insight into how much a slot will pay out. The higher the RTP the more you’ll get back. The RTP will always be below 100% meaning if you play long enough you will always lose overall. A slot with a 98% RTP is high, but on average over a long enough period you will lose 2 of every £100 you wager. Knowing that is a good way to choose when you should stop spinning. Once you get ahead, get out. If you get a great spin early, then you might want to stop playing if you want that money to stay around. Another thing you can do is play simpler slots, with less variables, like fewer bonus rounds. This not only makes it easier to understand what’s going on, but it also means that your spins will be less diluted. A slot packed with symbols that have loads of differen effects, makes hitting one of those effects less likely, with so many other features cramming for slot space. Some would argue more bonus rounds are better for making more money, but since their appearance is tied to the RTP, more bonus rounds isn’t necessarily a gain. Bonus rounds are usually where you win big jackpots, so their presence can’t hurt, but remember their payouts are still based on that RTP. Sometimes, you won’t make back the money you lost while getting to them.

So remember, you have to learn the rules and your chances of winning. You shouldn’t hang in there waiting for you luck to turn. Choose your slot wisely, bet comfortably and get out while you’re ahead. Sometimes though it’s worth throwing it all out of the window; set your bankroll and get spinning on whichever games you enjoy. See where your luck can take you!

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Get in Some Practice

  • February 8, 2018

While veteran players may feel that they have more than enough experience, many of those who have been playing a long time will still test out their newer strategies in a practice setting before trying them in a high stakes game. For those who are just starting out, a practice game or several can make a big difference in their performance later on as they get more experienced with the games and how they operate on each of the sites they plan to play in. It is far better to learn the ropes in a sandbox game than risk blowing cash because the player didn’t understand all of the rules and features of the site.

When getting started in the world of online bingo it can seem as if the smaller rooms would be the ideal place to play because this offer less competition and a greater odds of winning, but this is not the way that all bingo strategists think. For some, the real gold is in the big rooms where there are a huge number of players and thus, a much larger jackpot. This is certainly a personal choice for players, but it should be said that the size of the room really does make a difference because if a player wants to win a huge jackpot it is almost always better to pick a large room, but if they just want to score the cash more easily then a smaller room would be smarter as a means of reaching that goal.

Choosing the right games means choosing games that have fewer players and the games with fewer players can mean waiting until the last minute to join a game. This enables you to get an accurate depiction of the number of players that are taking part in the game and therefore increases your chances of winning.

Thanks for reading this article, I hope, you have learned something new. I really enjoy sharing my passion with you. Be sure to check other articles about games and casino. Stay tuned for new materials. Be responsive with your game and your money, Good luck, and don`t forget to have fun!

Secrets of the Game of Blackjack

  • January 23, 2018

Now these days the online casino is one of the best and most popular gambling played by the casino lovers. Blackjack is one of their first choices among the different kinds of online casino games. You will discover without any techniques within the online game like blackjack, especially by using usage of every part in the online game presented through online sources. One can find honestly hundreds of WebPages that provide priceless guidelines in addition to techniques to create cash through trying to play blackjack. There are lots of online sources wherever you can perform online also.

One can find radical details about several successful techniques needed for blackjack, through going to these kinds of online sources. These kinds of complete dark-colored jack online sources will let you within betting techniques, empowering to beat those odds. Employing these tips, you can succeed cash even within true to life casinos, in addition to on-line casinos. You can run into several techniques, especially by using techniques that they are used in addition to offers like blackjack card counting that could end up being found on-line.

Most are selecting trying to play blackjack online a lot more exciting compared to true to life casinos. First matter it really is far more convenient to learn the experience on-line, wherever you can simultaneously endure that guidelines, turn out to be trying to play the experience. Almost all tips for success can be purchased for nothing about these kinds of online sources. They will offer you a strategy to have fun in addition to make money in the good deal. This specific belongs to the key causes of its growing popularity.
Blackjack is often an online game connected with uncomplicated regulations which takes occasion to understand.

There are lots of precise formulation in addition to regulations connected with possibility involved hanging around. Another thing with regards to blackjack is actually that a lot of end result depends upon those players’ abilities in addition to practical knowledge. A lot more experienced any player is actually, better it is likely connected with successful. Good preparation in addition to at the least that essential knowledge of precise formulation and also the regulations connected with possibility grow your odds connected with successful proportionately.

The Advantages Of Playing Online Casino

  • November 26, 2017

In the old days, if you are looking for excitement of the casino, you need to plan your vacation and set it aside to travel to any place where the casinos, like Las Vegas or Jersey, just enjoy the fun and excitement of the game of chance. Internet removes all problems and makes it easy to get your favorite games anywhere. You no longer need to go to a casino, a computer and Internet access, anyone over 21 can play in your home.

In fact, there are some significant advantages of casino gambling online, has evolved to become the preferred choice for many casino players.

Advantages of playing the best online casino are:

  1. First Play anywhere, anytime. A key feature of the online casinos, which makes a lot of people who love to play in turn casino gambling online is to allow players to play where they want, provided it can be connected to the Internet, and any time, regardless of day or night, for as long as you have the time and thought betting on their favorite game, write online casino and play.
  2. Distance of place, no matter. You no longer need to go to the casino, and there is no need to remove your work only to enjoy the fun of casino gambling, online casinos eliminate the distance factor, which gives people which go far to enjoy your games favorites from home. When the online version of the casino, located inside the casino Indian is no longer important, because a casino on the internet can be reached in a few mouse clicks.
  3. The third bonus and free chips promotion. Online casino bonuses are the most interesting parts of you will never find these bonuses at any land based casino. Online casinos offer welcome bonuses, deposit bonuses, no bonuses and cash-back bonuses to attract new players and retain existing players in the casinos. When the bonus, players will be able to boost your bankroll with free money, so you have more money to invest.

Six Secrets to Success in Online Gaming

  • October 10, 2017

It is difficult to become an ace online casino player as one has to compete with the cunning and shrewd sports-picksrobots. But as the saying goes “where there is a will, there is a way”. With little bit of hard work and perseverance, anyone can become a good online casino player. One only has to learn the secret strategies and techniques of how to defeat the non human player. Follow the six simple basic steps of gaming, and defeat will be next to impossible.

The first step to success is research. Before turning into an online casino freak, it is better to do some research work and find out what games are being played online. There are several online forums where players blog and share their experiences. They also spill several tricky techniques and methods of winning a game. Visit these sites often and always try to visit sites which are popular and where there are handful numbers of information available.

Secondly, there are several online video sites. Do not forget to visit these sites before playing the big match. From these videos one can learn lot of news tactics and hidden tips which usually no one prefers to share. Watch the games with full attention.

Thirdly, hire a coach or a mentor. You surely have to shell out some money, but it definitely will be worth spending. There is no better way to learn casino games than someone teaching you about the finer details of the game.

Fourthly, books are also a good option for learning the strategies of casino games. One can always refer to the book while playing. Books written by top notch casino players are easily available in the market.

Fifth, play tournaments as many numbers of times possible. Do not get disheartened if you lose in the beginning, it is only a part of the learning process.

Sixth and the last secret which is also the most important of them all, practice. Practice makes a man perfect. The more you practice the more you know about the game, the more are your winning chances.

If one pays heed to these six secrets, he is sure to become the next best casino player in town.

Advice for Gambling Online

  • August 24, 2017

Nothing in the world can give one more pleasure than earning in millions sitting at home. Online casinos provide you with this luxury. One can sit at home, relax, enjoy and increase bank the balance. It is for this reason that more and more people are getting attracted to this new form of gaming. The insatiable hunger for money has lead to mushroom growth of blackjack all over the world. Not only in Vegas and California, gambling has made an indomitable place of its own even on the internet.

On many occasions online casino games turn out to be fraud, cheating away with all the money. Therefore, before starting a game it is essential to investigate the authenticity of the website. One can trust the website by checking the number of years the website has been in operation. The older the website, stronger is its credibility. One should also read the reviews available before choosing the game. It helps one to understand the bonus and royalties the game provides and whether the game is worth playing.

There are more than four hundred games that can be played online. Some common games are blackjack, poker, slots, bingo, keno and many more. The top five favorites according to a poll are “Pure Platinum”, “Tomb Raider”, “Burning Desire”, “Avalon”, “Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker Gold.” These games are undoubtedly very interesting and cashes can flow into the pockets if played from a safe online website.

One should always plays these games judiciously or else it can take a heavy toll in one’s life. People are more prone to getting addicted to the online games than the traditional gambling. It puts not only the bank balance but also one’s family life in danger. Online casino games have been responsible for an increase in death rates and suicidal cases. Thus, even though people are aware of its deadly nature they cannot resist from revisiting the sites again and again.

Why should you buy Clay Poker Chips?

Clay Poker Chips will highlight your class and solemn intent, you’re proficient approach to gambling. Clay Poker Chips are elite and plush. There are a large number of guilds or set of people who share similar hobbies. Clay poker chips are to a poker player is what an A-grade car would mean to a car enthusiast. Poker gamblers are convinced that clay poker chips are an apparatus of closing in on success and making the game more comfortable.

Clay poker chips have a charisma regarding them. A clay poker chip set possesses certain luminosity. Chips appear to emit glow, and players get caught in their charm, their enigma and their aristocracy. Poker players tend to employ their best strategies possible when they have those poker chips at their disposal. The precise reason for this fascination to use poker chips of clay even at home is not ascertainable but that it gives a real casino feels certainly has something to do with the craze. Clay poker chips are suave and provide aptitude and confidence to a poker player.

There is a reputation of clay poker chips across the globe and that is not without reason. The real clay poker chips are distinguished to be the finest poker chips obtainable from the market. It is not at all surprising that the top houses have their personal clay poker chips that vary in shade, denomination and their very textures. The casino poker chips are exclusive and reliable for every home that hosts a game of poker or at least intends to do so. Each nation has its own currency and each abode has its own characteristics.  Clay poker chips are often referred to as euro or US dollar in the gambling industry and amongst those associated with it.

 

Advice on Roulette Gambling

  • June 30, 2017

Net casino provides gamers in addition to vast phases involving video clip video games and stay roulette is certainly 1 amongst all of them. Subsequent a handful of simple suggestions may increase your possibilities of winning the game. A few of these recommendations consist of points like

  • Examine numerous helpful that offer you in fact using outstanding data upon reside roulette. Stick with the tips of your authorities as well as stick to the ideas presented via absolutely free on the net net pages. These are a lot of to make certain which you basically generate the game.
  • Pick the right kitchen table furthermore represents an vital portion inside rewarding the activity.
  • When bet, supply first vital to ranges, amounts, reds, blacks too as columns. In addition attempt to bear in mind to not wager on selected figures or quadriceps.
  • Should you be a newbie, start out actively playing together with artificial hard cash instead of genuine hard cash. Designs you’ve very very good thought regarding the sport as well as after you’re generally assured following that commences actively playing using the help of real earnings.
  • Usually finish up being ready together with clean tactics, tactics as well as techniques.
  • Plan systematically and play accordingly. When playing Roulette, make an effort to modify a person’s gambles on the typical basis since it will dual your own chances of productive the game.
  • In case you are not really capable to achieve, do not be irritated. Carry out on your own mistakes as well as attempt to reinforce them. As these types of will allow you to in profitable the activity the following period of time.

The over are often numerous in the tips that ought to enable you in winning the sport of Roulette.

Bingo is truly a game regarding lottery system as well as practically all of your men and women come to feel that can it really is the activity of possibility not to mention lady luck. It genuinely is fairly basic to expertise the activity and never ever distinctive abilities in addition to methods are really important. The specific gamers ought to make the certain numbers to the cards offered for your prospective customers together with types many individuals complete a person structure; they could be telephone getting to be bingo. Although, this distinctive audio little uninteresting even so it’s the sport of pleasant with each other with exhilaration. We have acquired many varieties too as variations connected with bingo game.

  • British product within the activity supplies three rows and 90 figures, acquiring five numbers in each and every row. Once the player completes a single, two or three lines, consequently he’s bingo.
  • An additional design connected with bingo activity may possibly be eighty assortment variations, with 4×4 variety grids which have various probable designs.
  • Seventy five range versions is often performed upon card which has 5×5 array grids and consists of only one correspondence through the phrase BINGO via each column.
  • Along together with various variations with the game we even have different patterns connected with bingo video game titles. A lot in the on-line bingo web pages have obtained a lot a lot more than 300 different patterns.

The real previously pointed out are generally a lot of the distinct types relating to on-line bingo video clip video games.

Winning in the Casinos Facts

  • June 16, 2017

Casinos have always been the favorite place for all the gamble lovers. The electrifying sports-picks ambience cannot be enjoyed while gambling online. It is for this reason Vegas continues to retain its position as the most popular gambling destination of the world. People from all over the world gather here to have fun and gamble.

Winning in the casinos is not a matter of joke. It takes a lot of intelligence, patience and tinge of luck to beat the casino house. One should keep in mind that the house always has an edge over the players. But that does not make it impossible for the players to win a game. In every casino, there are two types of games – one, which requires skills and the other, which is purely based on one’s luck. If one is not skillful enough, he can always opt for games based on chances such as the Roulette and the Slots. Skilled players can go for Poker, Blackjack.  There are certain strategies which one should follow in order to win in the casino.

Firstly, every game in the casino has different winning probability percentage. Before playing, one should always be aware of these percentages and then chose the right game.

Second, one should never choose a game he is not expert at. It automatically diminishes his chances of winning.

Blackjack is a game which requires a player to play in a very intelligent manner in order to win. It is one of the most popular games in the casino and in several situations the player may find himself in an advantageous position than the house. The player should remember to bring about variations in order to win. There are several strategy charts for blackjack, which are available online. Players can always refer to these charts before the game starts. Poker is another favorite of the gamblers. The biggest advantage of playing poker is that the player will not be playing against the house but an opponent team. Poker too is not an easy game to play and in order to gamble one should master all the tricks and techniques before playing the big match. If played wisely no game is impossible to win.

 

Casino has an unbelievable craze in people

  • May 24, 2017

It truly is a nicely recognized fact the craze in the individuals for enjoying casino is unbelievable. This is just because that a person can win plenty of cash by actively playing methods and setting up methods while actively playing game. Should you do not have any methods and don’t know how you can use techniques, then you’d need to experience defeats within this certain game. You’ll find millions of individuals who do lose their money daily but still are interested to play casino as it’s the only game that will generate you numerous cash.


In this particular particular game, casino chips are employed rather than money where income is exchanged for casino chips. These casino chips are made up of clay and also by utilizing unique type of materials. They are a ought to even though enjoying casino when you does not need to put your funds straight. There are a number of casino houses which hosts the number of casino game titles where you can earn hundreds of thousands.

It really is estimated that the turnover of this fantastic game have crossed the mark of $ 90 billion as men and women are crazy about this game. This demonstrates that casino is the craziest game within this planet. Consequently, in case you wish to play this game, the first factor you will need to know will be the tactics and techniques of this game and you should have pocketful of income.



The most beneficial way to qualify yourself in a casino is to get casino bonuses and to obtain bonuses go via the internet and discover out a few of the interesting casino video games and the way to get the desired bonuses.
• To get to understand more about casino game titles and bonuses go via web search and locate out the details as the net gives you finest offer and it is simple to play and get very good perks.
• There are different varieties of casino bonuses that the net is supplying you like deposit bonus, slot bonuses, high roller bonuses, new indicator up bonuses, and blackjack and so forth.
• Most men and women really feel gambling and enjoying cards is about dropping money but you can find people who have earned a great deal with these games only and it is reliable if you play by way of on the web.
• But to know a lot more in regards to the genuine casino websites go through net research and uncover the authenticity from the web site as well as the offers it really is supplying and then go for it.
• As you play game titles on-line they provide you bonuses while you go on winning and you are able to withdraw your cash in various types, possibly they may deliver you the money within your account or by money right after meeting the requirement.
• Before generating any selection of actively playing you need to understand the gaming system and also the betting they are supplying after which produce a choice of playing.
It is usually much better to realize the game 1st before making any choice of actively playing it blindly, in the event you desire to gain bonus from this game.

Crafting the Décor of a Home Casino

  • April 5, 2017

Creating your own homemade casino decorations is less hard than you think. The top casino embellishments are those which deposit everybody in a festive mood, making them feel like they are actually in a casino town. Set aside a small area to act as your work studio before making the decorations which should have plentiful supplies of paper, pens, markers, paint, poster board, tape, glitter, glue, balloons, ribbons, streamers, elderly magazines & any miscellaneous items that can add to the casino theme. Pick a color system that is dull & smoky.

Transform your space into a casino-themed bash with photos & graphics. If you are not a great artist or need to save time, use a clip art program to print out items such as stars, fake dollar bills, horseshoes, playing cards, dice, slot machines, poker chips & roulette wheels. Generate name tags by writing guests’ names using glitter & glue on playing cards. That way everyone has his own themed name tag. Decorate your walls, hallways & entryway with casino-themed signs & posters. Come up with a name for your casino & print out the letters. Punch a small hole through the top of each letter, put string or ribbon through it & basically hang. Generate a poster for all of the games guests can play. Put up a sturdy piece of cardboard that is in the shape of a token for guests to sign when they arrive.

Lay out a couple of plants & attach playing cards to each of the leaves. Transform a table in to a slot machine, roulette wheel or pinball machine with a white plastic tablecloth or poster board. Serve food that compliments the theme Party favors can do double duty as decorations; give keepsakes like dice, a deck of cards & poker chips.

The true excitement takes place when you play a part in a roulette that is conducted by a live dealer. You do not need to depend on arbitrarily generated numbers for the reason that you can purely observe the real croupier or the dealer twirl the wheel. At the moment in attendance is a stunning looking girl who can absolutely mesmerize you at the same time as organizing the game of live roulette on the internet. Given that the numbers are indisputable, you can be guaranteed of the trustworthiness of the outcomes. With a live dealer of roulette on the monitor, the game looks as if it were played within a real setting of casino.

Roulette is a hot favorite at all land based casinos everywhere in the globe and it is one of the most marvelous games being patronized by a massive assemblage of people. However, you may not enjoy going to a land based casino every time you be in the mood for playing roulette because traveling to the venue and getting hold of your place at the place are both tedious tasks.

Land based casinos are murky quarters wherein one must put on a swanky fitting outfit unlike an online casino. It is this hassle that makes many players turn to the coziness of playing from home and be subjected to the realistic action. Because you can essentially see the realistic action for instance a true wheel spinning and the live dealer, it is unlikely you would wish to leave your room. This incredible excitement lures a lot of people from diverse parts of the globe to play live dealer roulette, rather than going to a land casino. Payouts are genuine and the result is simply reliable; hence, someone can be more secure with live dealer roulette than a land based casino.