Hearthstone Hunter Deck

Hearthstone Hunter

 

After investing in the Alleria hero skin, I decided that my second class to play as in Hearthstone would be Hunter, I like how quick games with a deck that focuses mainly on hitting the other hero’s “face” can be, and enjoy the different play-style, when compared to Rogue (this is less about combos.) Pictured above is the deck I am currently using, the only ones not pictured are 1 x Tundra Rhino and 1 x Savannah Highmane. It has served me pretty well so far, but I’m still new to the class, and so will tweak and update here when necessary.

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Cross Stitch Update #2

Cherry Blossom Sampler

This is The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery‘s Cherry Blossom sampler, stitched on 14 count aida with DMC threads, although i did swap around the colours, so that there is less red, and more purple!

LOTR

This is a Lord of the Rings pattern available via the Jodyri Designs Facebook group, stitched on 14 count aida in Ashardalon Breathes by Chromatic Alchemy fabrics…I adore her fabrics, so they come highly recommended. The thread is DMC perle in 310.

New Year Fairy

This is unfortunately how far I have got on New Year Fairy by Mirabilia, it is stitched on 32 count linen, and it’s just too much of a struggle for me that I really lack the motivation to stitch on it, I’m considering changing fabrics as the threads for this are Crescent Colours and I really love the finished piece.

 

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Guildwars 2: Playing as a Guardian.

GW2 Guardian
GW2 Guardian

After 200 hours spent as an elementalist, I felt it about time for a change.  Step forward Sylvarian Guardian. Currently hovering around the level 60 mark, I can honestly say that no part of levelling a second character has yet become a chore. Guardians are possibly the more flexible and forgiving of professions in the game, wearing heavy armour they can feel tanky when armed with a greatsword, but can make awesome support healers when using a mace and shield. At the moment I’m set up running the following traits and switch between those 2 weapon sets, but there are other weapons guardians can wield, including staves.

Zeal

Zealous Blade – Greatsword attacks heal you.
Greatsword power – +5% greatsword damage.

Valor

Defender’s Shield – +90 Toughness when wielding a shield.
Purity – Cleanse a condition from you every 10 seconds.

Honor

Resolute Healer – Generates a Shield of Absorption when you start reviving an ally.

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Crafty purchase: Sewing Machine.

Janome 4400
Janome 4400

I had wanted one for many years but have only done the research over the past year. Fast forward to more recently and Hobbycraft emailed me a hefty discount voucher (Probably because I haven’t bought anything from them in so long due to their dwindling cross stitch supplies section – but lets not get into that here) and I finally took the plunge!

It’s a Janome 4400 and it’s going to take me quite some time to master, so any tips or website links to helpful tutorials would be greatly appreciated.

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Review: Captain Toad Treasure Tracker.

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is such a charming puzzle platformer, that you almost forget how strange it is to play a game from this genre in which the characters can’t jump. Essentially, it’s 70+ stages, in each of which you are presented with Escher like floating dioramas which you must navigate, collecting items, sneaking past or tackling enemies, and using the gamepad to adjust the camera to ensure you’ve explored everything on offer from every angle.

The puzzles occasionally become very smart indeed, and I feel the only real annoyance whilst playing is that the camera control is tied to the gamepad’s gyro sensor, thus the camera can get a little crazy at the slightest of wrist movement. Overall the game is fun, gorgeous to look at, and the stages are different enough to keep things fresh and compelling.

General Scoring

Gameplay. 9/10  Easy to learn, but very compelling in a “just one more level” way.
Graphics. 9/10  Classic Mario styling, in HD.
Sound. 7/10  Some great sound effects.
Music. 8/10  Simple but compliments the game.
Story. 7/10  Predictable, but fun.

Wildcards

Value for money 8/10  A lot in the box for a puzzle game.
Difficulty. 7/10  Occasionally very tricky.
Pick up & play. 9/10  Easy to learn, difficult to master 100% completion.
Variety. 7/10  Pleasantly surprised by the variety of stages on offer.
Art style. 8/10  If you’re a fan of Mario, this is for you.

Total score: 79%

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