Boardgaming and Dancing #Blogg100

#027 [XXVII]
Keyflower and Octocore in Halmstad [I Love my Friends]

Tonight I have visited some of my closest friends in my hometown Halmstad in Sweden. We had a Great time eating, talking  and playing the new boardgame Keyflower. It is one of the best designed Logistics puzzle game I have ever played. Björn Frölich struck in a victory with and unprecedented bonus of 50 points on a single tile.

KeyFlower

HardStyle for Life

I also took a short visit to the Octocore Hardstyle dancing event danced like Crazy to some good Headhunterz beats. Check out his great Hardstyle podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud: Hard With Style.

High intensity dancing turns on the Hive-Switch in the brain under the right circumstances.

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

LordSillion at Octocore

LordSillion at Octocore

eSports on the Rise #Blogg100

#028 [XXVIII]
League of Legends eSports [Are you a Player or Viewer?]

League of Legends Season 3

League of Legends Season 3

Tonight I have been watching some League of Legends eSports tonight. Saw 3 awesome games with Curse (CRS) vs Team Solo Mid (TSM), GGU vs CRS and CRS vs. Vulcan (VUL). Curse’s players VoyBoy is so great. Met him at the Curse Party at PAX East too and he is very friendly.

There 3 different Championship Series based on the Server Regions: North America, EU West and EU North & East. You can also vote on your favorite Allstar team on all 3 regions.

I are myself playing on the EU West Server.

LordSillion and VoyBoy

LordSillion and VoyBoy

eSport on the rise

There is allot of different games that are great for eSports out there. And the arena keeps getting bigger each year. Allot has happened since my Brother ran the eSports cafe Frontline Games in Halmstad several year ago.

eSports as an entertainment form is on the rise with things like BarCraft being organised all over the world for Starcraft and League Of Legends. It has long been the national sport of South Korea and are exploding in China right now. Even here in Sweden things are happening and DreamHack Winter last year was broadcasted live on Swedish national TV.

DreamHack Summer expands eSports

DreamHack Summer here in Sweden just announced the Official tournaments today. They are: League of Legends, Starcraft II Heart of the Swarm, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, Heroes of Newerth. They are moving into a newly built arena that will host a total seating capacity of around 3500 people.

Will I See you there?

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

Zac, My Secret Weapon #Blogg100

#031 [XXXI]
Did you play Arcade games? [Elf has taken all the food]

Gauntlet

Gauntlet

Back in the Eighties me an my brother literary stumble upon a local video renting store that where plentiful back then. We walk up the stairs in the back and low and behold. We found the first Arcade-hall in out hometown Halmstad. And there in the middle it was. Gauntlet the Arcade Game. It ‘s like nothing we had never seen before. A Fantasy game for up to 4 players. It was a really hard game and you life forced kept ticking down so you was in constant need to find food to replenish it or you could just insert more food to keep going. If you played well you hit the high score where you could enter a 3 letter tag. What should I choose? I settled for ZAC. Other great Arcade games we played allot was Double Dragon, Golden Axe and Final Fight.

Champion Spotlight: Zac, the Secret Weapon

So when Riot Games announces their new Champion Zac some weeks ago for League of Legends. And I found out that he is Melee Top-lane or jungle that fits my play-style perfectly. I just know I had to get him as soon as he came out. He also comes with an extra skin in purple too 🙂

I have now played him for a couple of days and I already like him allot. But still, all my love is for Vi.

Vi

Building me-self a door… or a big Portal

So last night I saw a quote on Twitter that goes perfectly with the attitude of Vi:

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Emily Thomas

“Sometimes you gotta make a door.” – Vi

Well that is exactly what I am doing. Building myself a big Magic Portal. So if Serendipity doesn’t happen I have go through the Portal myself and start looking for my Destiny 🙂

Listen to all the voice-overs of Vi here.

Also as I pointed out to to both ComicBookGirl19 and Mike @ohmikegoodness Laygo. Vi looks allot like her.

ComicBookGirl19

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

Game of Life #Blogg100

#032 [XXXII]
How do you play? [What is a win in your life?]

Life is a game our brain plays from cradle to cradle. Within that game there are many smaller games that we play along the way. Let’s find out more about how I think the game is played. I call the game: The Great Masquerade. What does it take to “Win” in this game and life. Please feel free to share your thoughts.

Cersei

Doing storytelling together [The way it has always been]

Tonight I had some of my closest friends over for dinner. But that wasn’t the main event for the evening. Later where where going to see the season 3 premier of Game of Thrones together. This event has been eagerly awaited by millions of fans all over the world. It has been promoted, discussed, hyped and analyzed. Much of it is made possible now thanks through the power of Social Media. It’s a fantastic new world we are living in already. Where the spread of ideas and discussion of them now transcends most old world barriers. And we are seeing just the beginnings of what we humans are capable of building together.

But what what of the actual event? As much as we now have started doing things together over social media there is matching for the experience of doing things together in the flesh world. Where we can smell “The pig shit” on each others. It’s was like we used to do it in the old-old world. It is a classic storytelling event around the campfire. We where all watching and cheering like children together. And after the story came to and end we instantly wanted more and started to discuss it.

dragons

Here be Dragons [Or what do you wish for?]

What is so fascinating about Game of Thrones? Here is my take on it. It uses classic storytelling of protagonists and antagonists. But just when you think you know the hero from the villain something happens that cast a shadow on someone’s motives. Or the supposed true hero suddenly dies. It is similar to our world but is clearly on another planet with much weirder turn of seasons. And here clearly are magic that contradicts our scientific view of the world. And yet we all buy it like children in front of the fire. Like we are supposed to.

The art of Storytelling itself is done with such love of the craft. On a such a mastery level that you are left sometimes speechless after a viewing.

This is easily the best Storytelling I have ever experienced.

And the Game of Thrones the Music is one of the best ever made.

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Life is a Game

Life is a game [The 3 major games humans play]

And what about the moral of the story? What are we supposed to take with us? This is just what storytelling is about. Conveying morals and teaching us stuff. Don’t you ever think that stories are just silly tales for children or a temporary distraction from what is real in life. Then you have not been listening. Stories is the very way your brain runs. All your conscious thoughts are just a story your brain is telling for you. Your Story as I write in my blog.

So for me it is easy. Life is a Game with lots of PERMA in it. There are 3 games we play on our planet. They are:

Game of Social

Society is a big game. A game of social understanding, belonging and fitting in. To befriend everyone and to be popular. Most of us play this game within the current tribe(s). But for some chosen few it’s a game on a world stage. We all play it. For many it is a hidden game that the subconscious brain plays without us knowing it.

But some play it on a very conscious level. Some play it in the old world where many people still live. There it is a game of climbing social ladders. Where you play it with the other “players”.

Others play it in the new world, where it’s a game of flourishing in social networks. To do Social Good. And get the recognition for it. Here Social Media is a great tool to help you along. But don’t forget meeting all your contacts in person where the real magic is happening.

Let’s do Social Good!

Train your Empathizing skills and Join the Masquerade.

Game of Money [And Status]

This is the game that most people play. Most play it to keep their family fed, safe and happy. But there is large scale game of money that just escalates every year. More and more are getting into the game and stakes is getting higher every year. We will probably not stop playing this game in the foreseeable future. But we must change the rules. It’s already out of hand. Much because so much of the game is hidden or many steps removed from common life.

We must make the game transparent and we must change the victory condition for what a winning hand looks like.

We already know that once you have enough money giving you more money will not make you smarter or more creative. And you will not be happier. Quite often the opposite. It’s the innate feeling of belonging and status that trigger the hunt for money and what it buy us. Generating money by using money is a game in it self that triggers many game mechanics that reward us for our behavior.

Here we can change what gives us status and belonging to groups by making our actions open and transparent. When we can see what people spend their money on we can highlight what is important in life. We can give credits to people that does Social Good. In a modern designer boardgame money is usually just a mean to get you Prestige- and Victory-points.

We must change what gives Prestige-points in our society and life.

Game of Power

I have a previous blog about the Game of Power. Go on and read it! Instead of trying to gain power on the cost of others. We can make the game about who can pull with the greatest power towards a common goal.

Who can show the biggest Power of Strength?

“As we learn more about our own nature we can embark on a journey into our own soul. To play this new game of Power. Just like the stars in our Galaxy we can play this as collaborative game where everyone wins. Where we all pull together in the same direction. Just imagine what force we can amass when we pull together.” – @LordSillion

Let’s play tonight!

DJ Bailar – Life Is A Game (DJ Anheim Floor Killer Club Mix)

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

House Sillion - Life is a Game

House Sillion – Life is a Game

Mug Loving #Blogg100

#034[XXXIV]
Wanna piece of me? [I melt for no one!]

My M&M Mugs

My M&M Mugs

When I walk into M&M’s store on Times Square in New York and saw these mugs I just know I had 2 get them. What mugs or glasses we drink our brewages from has hug impact how we experiences the taste of them. As Dan Ariely has shown in his studies. When I saw the huge Red Round Mug in front of me. It instantly reminded me of my red mug I used to have as a child. I also love the round form with the thick walls that will keep my Tea or hot Chocolate warm for long while drinking. I was instantly sold to me. And it made such a great couple with the green one as well.

Mug Loving!

Terra Mystica

Terra Mystica

Tzolk'in

Tzolk’in

Gamer slang

There are also 2 great quotes inside the mugs. “Wanna piece of me?” and “I melt for no one!”. Today (11 am) I started my day where I left it early this morning (6 am). Meeting people and playing boardgames at the gaming convention Gothcon in Sweden. When we sit down and play games in the hallways and the classrooms at Hvitfeldtska High-school many people walk by or stay and watch the games. A few of them commented on the language we where using. We use a lot of gamer slang, friendly thrash talk, and a lot of Swinglish words.
“Iskallt” [Ice cold] comes to mind when someone pulls off a daring move.

It’s just how we gamers roll

Imperial

Imperial gaming

In a hallway I came across some people playing one of my all time favorite boardgames: Imperial. I noticed that they used the Nobish Investor card variant. So I asked if they have played allot. 3 where beginners a one guy had played it around 10 times. He didn’t even know that there where a better variant of the game designed for real gamers. So they where really glad when I explained how the game was supposed to play. I also noticed that there where no flags in the ocean areas. This was a ruled I remember that we also missed on our very first play thinking that you only got points for the land areas.

I watched them for a while pointing out moves and strategies each and every one could make. Then they cheered me on my merry way. It is always such a powerful feeling you get when hanging out with gamers and helping each other. That’s what I like the most of gaming convention like Gothcon or PAX. The Positive vibe you get from meeting most people here.

Gothcon Mugs

Gothcon Mugs

International TableTop Day

Today is also International TableTop Day all over the world. And that is so fitting here in Sweden with Gothcon and all. Speaking of Gothcon and mugs and all … Like many Conventions here in Sweden, Gothcon has a special mug printed every year that you buy too get free Tee and Coffee throughout the Convention. Being a Mug Lover myself, I of course have to collect them all.

God night everyone and play more games “Together” face to face drinking your favorite brewages from your favorite mugs 🙂

@LordSillion

Prepping for Gothcon #Blogg100

#036 [XXXVI]
Gamers Assemble [It’s time to kick ass and meet nice people]

Tomorrow is the largest gaming convection in Sweden. Gothcon
I have 2 new games that I’m bringing with me and are now sitting and learning the rules. The first is Ground Floor the game from Kickstarter. The second is Marvel Legendary which I bought on PAX East in USA.

Life is a Game!

Marvel Legendary

@LordSillion