Mplayer 4th Quarter 2019 Update, Plus Accounts and More

With the year of 2019 coming to an end, we move closer to the next major update of the Mplayer service. A small re-brand and a new software client update is on the horizon. So, for this Christmas holiday, we decided to cancel all current paying plus subscriptions and gifted all current members a free plus account. This is a thank you from us to all our supporters and current members, without you, ...[Read More]

MEME OF THE YEAR 2018 – All contestants included

There is much to say, but not much to say at all. This was a great year for memes, especially January and December.  We watched memes continue to evolve to more abstract and impressionist art, and at the same time remain nice and stupid like Big Chungus.   This is a labor of love, and I hope you appreciate the recap of all the memes which gained traction this year.  To 2019 we go – Enjoy!

My rookie lessons as a backgammon player.

Starting to learn backgammon, I made many mistakes which could be categorized as not seeing things through, and I wanted to share some. Taking a piece not worth what you may lose. This is the biggest mistake, see the example below. What happened, your opponent made a small move (move 1) which helped them to free up in the future.  In move 2, you jumped on the piece to get it back on the board...[Read More]

Online Spades – How do you communicate?

Spades strategies for getting help winning books. I bet many of you seen the name of this article and went, is he promoting cheating?  Sorry if this turned into clickbait. We do not promote talking or backchanneling in Spades.  What I am referring to is you are announcing to everyone what cards you have in your deck when you play.  Often there are subtle differences in showing your power to everyo...[Read More]

Bidding Strategy in Spades

Bidding in spades is very difficult, and will make or break you in spades leagues. So we need to be great at bidding in spades, and with that being said, I wanted to review how I would approach different scenarios and some of the things I look at to win the most possible tricks.  Being bad at bidding in spades means you could win, and someone could legitimately trash talk you and say you suck beca...[Read More]

Re: Playing with and against a Nil in Spades

When someone is going Nil in spades, many of the strategies and responsibilities change.  Through playing I wanted to review some of the things I have found. Bidding nil in spades is a unique aspect of this card game, and I personally appreciate the extra layer of skills and consideration required.  If there is a common theme, it is a two-way street – with both parties trying to do opposing ...[Read More]

2018 MEMES 1/2 Year Review and Awards

Preview of our Yearly MEME Calendar I work hard on the meme of the month Calendar.  I have to comb through all the funny memes site, use stuff off meme generator, create my own meme’s even. Memes are everywhere.  Many are funny memes, many provide context to news.  One example would be the EU ban on memes which became a meme.  The evolution this year has been in contextual memes, with one of...[Read More]

The very brief history of Spades

The history of spades is poorly documented, but I did some research and here is what I could find. The general consensus of Spades is that it started in the Midwest (notably Cincinnati, Ohio).  Most likely by college students who enjoyed Whist and Bridge.   Spades is fast-paced, competitive, and strategic and over time grew on college campuses in the Midwest.  It was still a niche game at the...[Read More]

Spades Lingo

Sound like a Spades Pro We want to cover some of the jargon in Spades, so you can sound the part (even if you don’t necessarily play it well).  I’m not trying to cover the generic terms here, more of the ones that the old school pros might say.  Are you going to fake it until you make it with this?  Maybe. Game setup Game setup is based off the most powerful cards in the game Joker, Joker, D...[Read More]

Small Devs: Here’s some Tips

We are lucky to live in a day where small gaming companies are taking off with grand ideas.  They are executing and creating great games that we can play and really enjoy passionate ideas.  But many of them are having a failure at launch, and we hope to create a wrapper for why to help in the future. My inspiration came from when my friend downloaded a Space Shooter recently, and I recall from it’...[Read More]

Interview with BugSpray – Lead Dev of MidAir

I wanted to interview the MidAir team, and bugged them repeatedly for months, so I hope it means as much to you as it did with me.  If you ask me they draw a lot of parallels with what we are trying to do. We loved something, we missed its presence, and we want to bring it back.  They have the right people for the job, and I wanted to lead off with a narrative to BugsPray, their lead developer. I ...[Read More]

Instanced games need a shooting gallery

You have spawned near a beach, running towards the nearest town.  There, you spend 30 minutes scouring buildings, and lo and behold you found it: the AK-47.  This is your first time with this gun, something you have aspired to find, and you are ready to use it.  You walk out of the building and you have been tracked– suppressive fire incoming.  You escape around the corner, ready to return f...[Read More]

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