31 March 2007

I'm in heaven!

I am still waiting for my NS MR letter. So, as suggested by a fellow reservist, I went to the army IPPT booking system and entered my IC.

WOO!

I got the response:

Unable to process IPPT/RT/IPPT Prep Trg booking

You are ineligible for IPPT due to Type of Service (e.g. MINDEF Reserve or NS Disruption).\



However, I will continue to keep fit. I ran about four kilometres this week. Not enough. I should be running between ten to twenty a week.
Wargaming

I'm looking forward to playing Combat Commander: Europe with Zi Zhao tomorrow. Woo! I can't wait.

If you are interested in playing Combat Commander: Europe or at least learn the wargame, feel free to drop by. Call me first or drop me an email.

I can be reached at 90014152.
State of Progress: Tribal Wars, World 3



Newly conquered village. In development. Defences are being built.



Somewhat developed. My first conquered village. Again, I am still developing defences.



My main village. Somehow, my interest in this world is dropping. The major players in the tribe were either eliminated (mostly) or had defected (top player).



The area is rather barren. Not much competition. Oh well. I will develop this slowly then.


State of Progress: Tribal Wars, World 5



My second village which I took from a player who was more powerful in points than I was. He was mad and he launched a furious attack on my main village and his entire offensive force was smashed. I took small losses.

It was a 3000+ point village. I have developed it to a 4000+ point village. And I have been building up on defences.




My first village. Currently for this village, I am increasing troop capacity and also the speed of production of troops. I have also used this village to supply resources to the neighbouring two.



My newly conquered village. I have decided against conquering something large. So, I took a 658-point village which is right next to mine. This way, I can defend it easily and also supply it easily. It is now 795-point. Defence is a priority: Troop building and wall-building.



The environs. The white-dotted village is my main village. The other two yellow-dotted ones are my new villages. It's crowded... The blue-dotted ones are allies while the red-dotted ones are uncertain powers, possibly enemies.

State of Progress: Travian, World 5



I finally managed to build up some semblance of a defence. 151 Praetorians. I had not expect to be attacked daily initially. With the army, it bought some breathing space and I was able to develop a few of the resource-generating sites to level 10.



At level ten, these sites enabled the building of a bakery,a brickyard, a sawmill and an iron foundry which further enhanced production rates. The village is getting developed and picturesque. I had had to demolish some crannies to make way for these new buildings.



The environs. Sadly, an ally has quit nearby.

30 March 2007

29 March 2007

Wishful Thinking

An idea if Thailand were to seize ownership of Shin Corp or if Thailand were to reduce that investment to something worthless, Singapore and Temasek Holdings could do a tit for tat by taking over the land of the Thai embassy in Orchard Road and giving Thailand a place in Tampines or Hougang for their embassy. This way, Singapore retains at least 1.2 to 1.5 billion dollars since the land in Orchard Road is worth that much and Thailand can keep their precious telecommunications company. Heh. Wishful thinking.
Thai Comedy

The Thai comedy continues. I am waiting for General Sonthi to declare martial law in Bangkok tomorrow.
State of Progress: Tribal Wars, World 5


I took a small 658-pt village neighbouring mine and my rankings and points leapt. I had decided against going for a large target. A small one would be a lot more defensible as it would be not as desired as a large village.
Ranked 5th in the tribe. Ranked 528th on the server. Ranked 28th on the continent. Not too bad. Points and ranking are not everything. A strong army and defence are. I have been building and building.
"When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food."

Quote from Erasmus

Addendum

From the entry in Wikipedia:

Erasmus did NOT write "When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left over, I buy food and clothing." What he actually wrote was: "I have turned my entire attention to Greek. The first thing I shall do, as soon as the money arrives, is to buy some Greek authors; after that, I shall buy clothes." It's from a letter to Jacob Batt dated April 12, 1500.
State of Progress: Tribal Wars, World 3: Colin's World



I had observed Colin build his empire up from a 6000-pt affair to a 11,000-pt monster comprising of three villages. WOO!
State of Progress: Tribal Wars, World 5: The Great Kasi




The Great Kasi, otherwise known to his numerous admirers as Fabio, has two strong villages to his name. I would query on matters of strategy with Fabio before I undertake any actions in this game. Fabio the Great is ranked 3609th out of over 57,000 players in the server. He has 5896 points and two villages. All hail Fabio the Magnificient!

28 March 2007

In which AK (Gordon Gecko II) expresses that 'Greed is Good'

Another early morning Windows Live Messenger exchange:

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Good morning Fiend Kuo!

AK Silverune says:
wow, open warfare in the galaxy was just averted.

AK Silverune says:
i mean like planetary warfare. death dealing on a galactic scale.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You would prefer warfare wouldn't you?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You thrive on hate and greed.

AK Silverune says:
yes actually.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
And that would be your preferred environment, eh?

AK Silverune says:
it means more profit for me.

AK Silverune says:
i could get you or chester to grab planets.

AK Silverune says:
send all the money to me.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Kinda like China selling arms to Iraq and Iran during the Iran-Iraq War in the eighties.

AK Silverune says:
ok

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
What happens now? Will you provoke war then?

AK Silverune says:
oh no, i'm just a minor player.

AK Silverune says:
i'm more interested in looting frankly.

AK Silverune says:
they seem to be able to start wars on their own without me

AK Silverune says:
besides they're all boys, so they have more than enough ego to start their own battles.

AK Silverune says:
i'll just sit back and loot.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Hmm..

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You do well for yourself Shylock-Gollum!

AK Silverune says:
of course i have no clue what to do with the money. but that's not the point.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You are like Fabio. You want to control the universe too.

AK Silverune says:
who the heck is fabio

AK Silverune says:
control of the universe isn't profitable.

AK Silverune says:
too much hassle

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Fabio is Nose's new name.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
When I saw him recently with his wavy hair and scarlet turtleneck, he instantly spelt 'Fabio' across his forehead.

AK Silverune says:
you're a mean nasty little hooligan.

AK Silverune says:
but i like it!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Coming from Shylock-Gollum's mouth itself, it must be an honour.

AK Silverune says:
did you call him Fabio in his face?

AK Silverune says:
Like: HEY NOSE BOY FABIO!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
YIKES!

AK Silverune says:
no?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
He knows about it and you know what? The best part is that he dislikes it.

AK Silverune says:
you're a gutless little chicken hooligan.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
If he likes it, it would be boring. But if he dislikes it, whoa!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
We are all set for take-off!

AK Silverune says:
you're a goady toad hooligan.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I don't see him much if you remember. Yes, I have told him that I called him Fabio.

AK Silverune says:
you goad people all the time

AK Silverune says:
you rile them up.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Yes, High Toad. Only you.

AK Silverune says:
woh ho. evil kasi in TW

AK Silverune says:
well i definitely don't like TW

AK Silverune says:
takes way too long to play.

AK Silverune says:
well maybe.

AK Silverune says:
i should start it at work, then i can build up during work.

AK Silverune says:
what do you think?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I think you it's great. Colin became alive a few moments ago and he announced that he will be starting in World 6 tomorrow!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Ack. Do I want to start in World 6?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Ack.

AK Silverune says:
world 6?

AK Silverune says:
wow. maybe i should jump on.

AK Silverune says:
naaaaaaaaaah

AK Silverune says:
i have enough distractions at work, running my planet.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I didn't know about it either.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Still, it's a new World.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Colin said he is disillusioned with Worlds 2, 3, 4. He's given up on 5 like you cowardly did.

AK Silverune says:
why?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
The thing about older Worlds is that there are many abandoned villages around. And sometimes, there just aren't many active players nearby? I don't know.

AK Silverune says:
has he tried chosen space?

AK Silverune says:
with the time he has, he would do well politicking.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I don't know really.

AK Silverune says:
i might drop him an email later about it.

AK Silverune says:
i think he might like it.

AK Silverune says:
question. do youhave the same problem as chester when you played CS? he's said the lag time is slow for the CS server to singapore

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I didn't play CS.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I signed and did not play.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Colin's response to Chosen Space:
"i need familiarity man! i can't play new games! too old to learn! i need games that repeat the same actions over and over. if there are too many new units and buildings in w6, i'll probably quit and come back to familiar w3/4."

Alex Kuo says:
ok....

AK Silverune says:
that precludes him from CS then.

AK Silverune says:
but you know i have the same problem - i.e. no time to learn new things for gaming, but i found CS to be easy to pick up

AK Silverune says:
maybe i'm just very used to these interstellar games.

AK Silverune says:
trading etc.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Hmmm.. You are familiar with greed.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
That is a universal.

AK Silverune says:
and YOU, WHAT? WHAT? HAH? HAH? ANGEL LAH? so good MEH?

AK Silverune says:
mischan.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I'm no Shylock-Gollum like you are.

AK Silverune says:
why of course, old boy, greed is a universal motivator in our pre-dominantly capitalist world.
I have been slowly in my reading. I need focus! Focus!
I haven't been drawing much but I hope to be able to find time for that soon. I should also find time to go running this week.

So little time to do the things I love doing. Sigh.
Quote from David Cronenberg's eXistenZ:

Allegra: I suppose a smaller-caliber pistol would have to fire baby teeth.

27 March 2007

Tribal Wars, World 5: In Fabio's Honour



In World 5, Fabio (aka Kasi) has plundered this kid's village continuously that the kid has named a village in his honour! Hahahah.
Best of all, when it came to conquering a new village, Fabio decided to let this kid live so that he can continue plundering his village! What a classic! Heheheheh. He's more evil than AK by far.
In which High Toad gives up again

Yet another silly exchange on Windows Live Messenger this morning:

AK Silverune says:
bah deleted the TW account. when i started playing it, i realised why i hated it. too much grind.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Hmm... Admit it, you don't have the stamina and the intellect.

AK Silverune says:
bah what do you know.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I know you are short. Like a hobbit.

AK Silverune says:
having 2nd thoughts about playing that gnome...it does have excellent spell resistence.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
But it fits you! Shylockian Gnome!

AK Silverune says:
that name can hide in shadows.

AK Silverune says:
a rogue.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Yes. Like Nick Leeson. Rogue Trader.

AK Silverune says:
why do i bother being your patron high lord?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
High Toad! I like amphibians!

AK Silverune says:
your insolence is insufferable

AK Silverune says:
your visage is shocking.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You are jealous.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You need to get some botox.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
And some stretching of your limbs to make up for your shortcomings in the height department.

AK Silverune says:
shut up gollum

AK Silverune says:
mischan
John's World: Travian, World 5

Mail from John, an old friend of over two decades. John is an old gaming pal who is a practising lawyer in Northern California. John has a powerful army of over 1000 troops but he is faced with a behemoth with over 4000 troops. Can he survive?

John is incredibly good at this. He swiftly surpassed me in village population and size and seems to grasp the concepts very swiftly despite not having played this. Of course, like myself, he has played real-time strategy games. John's passion is biking in Mexico.

An in-game mail from John:

divelaw 25.03.07
no subject
12:11:31

Well I have been through a lot.Yesterday I was dodging all her attacks and instead sent my army to raid her. I was getting more from her then she was getting from me. But then another member of Lucky sent in an attack. I sent my army off to attack him, but he 1,300 defensive troops waiting and my once proud army was reduced to almost nothing.During the night I was hit twice more, what was left of my army was destoryed.Today, with my army slowly rebuilding, I dodged two attacks of just troops, no resources were lost. But yesterday she sent catapults that took 24 hours to arrive. She sent two waves, 35 seconds apart. I had managed to build 75 troops and decided to make a stand (I had set my account to be deleted and wanted to make a stand. I even rename my city Thermopylae) I dodged the first wave (which had 1,000 troops and 80 catapults). They destroyed my stable and barricks. But I timed my army to return in the 35 seconds between the two attacks.The second wave only had 78 troops, but 80 catapults. All my troops died, but I took out 25 catapults and 24 troops. My main building and markets were each knocked down a few levels, but were not destoyed.It has been 5 hours since then and no new attacks. Do I dare hope she thinks she has "taught me a lessson" and move on? Only time will tell.I stopped the deletion of my city. My alliance needs me. I am the new diplomatic and probably the smartest person in the alliance. Lots of people ask my advice.

26 March 2007

State of Progress: Tribal Wars, World 5



I took a village from a 13,000 point player. He had just seized it before I seized it from him. He had barely had any defences. 25 spearmen and 25 swordsmen were the token defensive force.

I expect to see counterattacks in the next few days. It will be interesting to say the least.

After seizing it, my rankings jumped. I'm back in the top 10 of the tribe.
Singapore Open Gaming (SOG) XIV



Ken has announced the date and time for the next date and time for the next session.

Date: 14th April 2007
Time: 1pm-7pm

Woo! Venue remains the same. Queen's Road.
As usual, all are welcomed. I should be able to make this coming session. Finally.
Do lose!

I hope England loses to Andorra this Wednesday. It would be unimaginable. At least, I think that would rid England of 'McClown' (as described www.football365.com). Heheh.
Quote from BBC News:

"Steve McClaren's rapid-fire soundbites failed to disguise the latest damning evidence that England may just have appointed a poor man's Sven-Goran Eriksson to direct their Euro 2008 fortunes."

Hahahah. It is not unexpected. Middlesborough wasn't any good under McClaren in the first place. Maybe, England should just approach Alex Ferguson. Hahahahah.