Love never fails

October 16, 2012

A science fiction novel about the end of the world, love, zombies, money, online strategy, games, and everything else.

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Episode One: The heart of a hero
Episode Two: Love hurts
Episode Three: God speed your love
Episode Four: Two hands ain’t good enough
Episode Five: Part One: Rape of the Sabine Women
Episode Five: Part Two: Rape of the Sabine Women
Episode Six: Everything counts in large amounts

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Black Eyed Peas, I Got a Feeling

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The Book of Carrot

Book One: Principal Virtues

Chapter One: Love is a battlefield

Episode Seven: Love never fails

Audience: Adult

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Everything counts in large amounts

October 15, 2012

A science fiction novel about the end of the world, love, zombies, money, leadership, blogging, and everything else.

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Episode One: The heart of a hero
Episode Two: Love hurts
Episode Three: God speed your love
Episode Four: Two hands ain’t good enough
Episode Five: Part One: Rape of the Sabine Women
Episode Five: Part Two: Rape of the Sabine Women

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Depeche Mode, Everything Counts

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The Book of Carrot

Book One: Principal Virtues

Chapter One: Love is a battlefield

Episode Six: Everything counts in large amounts

Audience: Adult

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The Hero School Review: PVP: DeadPool by the numbers

October 11, 2012

The Hero School Review: PVP: DeadPool by the numbers

The new PVP tournament system. Alternate title: Let them eat cake.

Captain America

Credits: Concept by Stan Faryna. Artwork by Tabitha Moon.

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T H E   H E R O   S C H O O L   R E V I E W     I S S U E   NO.  7

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The Review for Gold Gear, Heros, Uniforms and Loot in Playdom’s Marvel Avengers Alliance Game for Facebook and Playdom.com

Edited by Stan Faryna

Deadpool vs. Gangnam Style

Deadpool rocks the escalator rail.

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New PVP Tournament Reward System

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Marvel Avengers Alliance: PVP: NEW pvp Season Rewards

There’a a whole lotta confusion about the new PVP tournament reward system on Marvel Avengers Alliance. Most players are ready to give up. Let the quitters quit – because this is going to separate the brave from the limp.

Those who do not have DeadPool at the end of the tournament season – let them curse the stars!

Marvel Avengers Alliance: Heroes: DeadPool

Marvel Avengers Alliance: Heroes: DeadPool: Skills

Marvel Avengers Alliance: Admantium League

How to get DeadPool?

It’s not impossible!

At the end of the tournament season, players will receive rewards for their League rating and all inferior Leagues. See the details on the PVP interface in the Marvel Avengers Alliance game.

The new tournament rewards system is not based on the PVP leaderboard ranking system. You don’t have to be a top 10 PVPer to get DeadPool. I’m currently ranked somewhere between 30 and 50 and I was just promoted to the Adamantium League.

You do have to PVP lots- that much is obvious. And you do have to win a lot of PVP fights. But I’m betting that your PVP losses are not a serious stumbling block – unless you never win any PVP fights.

Things are unclear and ambiguous about how many PVP fights you need to win per day to get into the Adamantium League and stay there. I’m shooting for 30 wins per day – more or less. In other words, if you win 30 times and lose 20 fights per day, I think that you are very likely to get DeadPool and all the other prizes.

That’s how to get DeadPool. I hope.

If my theoretical model changes OR contrary facts come to light, you’ll get an update in a subsequent issue of The Hero School Review.

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PVP is hell 

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Marvel Avengers Alliance: PVP: Season 6 Rank 1

Marvel Avengers Alliance: PVP: Season Six: Heroes

Marvel Avengers Alliance: PVP: Season Six Fight with Human Torch

How to PVP

Most players have avoided PVP up to now. Because it is hell. It is unfair. It is brutal. And the only reward was glory.

The rewards are now tempting, but PVP is still hell. And hell – just so you know – overflows with evil, agony, and despair.

Duh!

Do you have the courage to follow in Dante’s foot steps? Or Kobodaishi’s bloody wake? [grin]

If you are looking for PVP tips and tricks, check out my Facebook fanpage:

https://www.facebook.com/Faryna.FanPage

Enter into the Inferno

All ye who enter here, give up all hope.

-Dante

PVP may be hell, but the descent into hell is simple. Just as it really is.

1. Win PVP fights

2. Minimize fight losses

How to win a fight in hell

If your best is not good enough, do the best of a better man (or woman).

– The Devil, Supernatural

Winning is not obvious in hell – because hell is just cunning like that.

But if you are going into hell, be a bad ass!

Here’s some recommendations if your agent is level 30 or above:

1. Your PVP team must be all level 12 heroes

2. Your PVP bonus items should not be less than a total of 900 PVP bonuses each

3. You have at least three level 10 heroes (or above) in each class represented by the heroes on your PVP team.

4. The heroes on your PVP team may not be your favorite heroes, but they must be the best heroes you got. If you don’t know who’s great, you’ll figure out soon enough.

5. Losing is the fastest path to learning and adapting to the evils that await you in ambush.

6. Equip the best gear and uniforms in the game – or get them fast

Do you have a few of the new Phoenix Five uniforms? If not, learn about them here.

How to minimize losses

If you are going through HellDON’T STOP!

– Winston Churchill

In other words, keep on keeping on. This excellent advice applies to love, war, loss, defeat, office cubicles, and dark nights, liberally.

The most important thing about PVP, in fact, is minimizing your losses. Losses are inevitable, unavoidable, and guaranteed. As they are in life. Mistakes happen and we love to make them.

Here’s some wisdom:

1. You can not minimize losses by seeking fewer and less frequent engagements and fights. Seek more engagements!

2. You can not minimize losses by avoiding a fight and surrendering to defeat at the sight of the enemy. Don’t reload or refresh! Learn from a fight that you know you will be losing.

3. A great opponent that owns you more than three times is the best of teachers. Seek them out, enrage them, and learn faster through each brutal and demoralizing defeat.

4. No win is ever guaranteed. The fight rules are unpredictable – some of the time.

Do not despair when an inferior opponent defeats your PVP team with extra turns they should not have. Or by doing damage to your heroes that is unimaginable.

5. The team, equips, and uniforms for the quickest killing may not be the best team, equips and uniforms for when you are offline and the AI is at the wheel

6. There are no rules in Hell. Nor fair play. But your Mommy still thinks you are the bestest.

Duh!

Exhibit A: Mockingbird in PVP at Playdom.com
(Mockingbird was never available to Playdom.com players)

Marvel Avengers Alliance: PVP: Hack

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What’s coming in the NEXT issues of The Hero School Review?

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Annihilus Human Torch (Uniform)

How to deal with the Phoenix Flare

Why Cosmic Flame is EPIC in PVP

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Exploits

Unintended glitches happen and may make gear better (or worse) than intended by Playdom-Disney. If you discover an uber exploit that will make us all think twice about a seemingly unwise purchase, please let us know in the comments.

Previous Hero School Reviews

Issue No. 1: Traumatic Post and Future Foundation (FF) Spiderman Uniform

Issue No. 2: Transcranial Stimulator and Techno-Organic Endoskeleton

Issue No. 3: Omni-Fury, Crystal Shiv, and 4 more additional gear slots

Issue No. 4: Spec Ops 3 Epic Boss Rewards – Arc Reactor and Cosmic Flame

Issue No. 5: Eric Hallford should be banned from the Playdom.com forums

Issue No. 6: New Uniforms for Phoenix, Emma Frost, Colossus and Cyclops

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Play Marvel Avengers on Playdom.com with more energy, more UISOs and a lot more RAH!
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Stan Faryna
11 October 2012
Bucharest, Romania
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“Safe” Playdom.com and other Marvel Avengers Alliance Hubs
Marvel Universe Group (FB)
Omega Guild (FB)
If you want your Marvel Avengers Alliance FB group, forum or website added to this list, let’s arrange a walk through.
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How I opened a can of whoop a$$ on the Hulk. And other social media DOHs.

October 8, 2012

I opened up a can of whoop a$$ on the Hulk

And 3 other social media DOHs.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Eye of the Tiger

I opened up a can of whoop a$$ on the Hulk. But you don’t have to take my word for it. I gots screenshots.

And knocking down the big boys has a lot to do with social media and making bank (someday-somehow).

How else are you going to grab for more reach? More eye balls? More views?

So I killed the big guy in two shots. But I wish I could have done it in one shot.

That would have been epic!

Survivor, Eye of the Tiger

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The Hero School Review: Uniforms for Phoenix, Emma Frost, Colossus and Cyclops

October 7, 2012

The Hero School Review: New Phoenix Five Uniforms

New Uniforms for Phoenix, Emma Frost, Colossus and Cyclops

Captain America

Credits: Concept by Stan Faryna. Artwork by Tabitha Moon.

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The Review for Gold Gear, Heros, Uniforms and Loot in Playdom’s Marvel Avengers Alliance Game for Facebook and Playdom.com

Edited by Stan Faryna

Superman, Five For Fighting

Even heroes have the right to bleed.

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Rape of the Sabine Women (OR Zombie Apocalypse!): Episode 5.2

October 4, 2012

A science fiction story about the end of the world, love, zombies, money, business, blogging, and everything else.

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Episode One: The heart of a hero
Episode Two: Love hurts
Episode Three: God speed your love
Episode Four: Two hands ain’t good enough
Episode Five: Part One

Episodes and/or related writing are published on this blog – most Mondays and Wednesdays. Please subscribe to this blog to get a reminder when the next episode is published. Subscriptions are free.

Vanilla Ice, Ice Ice Baby

An incomplete picture of Picasso's Rape of the Sabine Women

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The Book of Carrot

Book One: Principal Virtues

Chapter One: Love is a battlefield

Episode Five: Part Two: Rape of the Sabine Women

Audience: Adult

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Sustainable failure. And other social media DOHs.

October 2, 2012

Sustainable failure. And other social media DOHs.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Have you ever thought about how people are more comfortable rejecting proposals than advocating, refining, and supporting a proposal in hand?

But if every solution that is proposed is found to be flawed in one aspect or another, none shall be adopted and executed upon. Actually, don’t most people stop thinking about solving the problem once the proposal is defeated?

The defeat of a proposal, however, is neither a milestone nor an accomplishment. That’s not a step forward.

Yet people will treat the proposal as the problem – and once the proposal is defeated, they feel like they’ve solved a problem and it’s back to business – the business of sustainable failure.

Sounds like gridlock, doesn’t it? But it happens all the time. I do it. You do it. We all do it. Again and again.

How do we get beyond sustainable failure?

That’s a question for you and me to think about. Right now. I’d like to know your thoughts on this. The comment section is below.

Stan Faryna
02 October 2012
Bucharest, Romania


Rape of the Sabine Women (OR Zombie Apocalypse!): Episode 5.1

October 1, 2012

A science fiction story about the end of the world, love, the zombie apocalypse, Pablo Picasso, games, and everything else.

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Episode One: The heart of a hero
Episode Two: Love hurts
Episode Three: God speed your love
Episode Four: Two hands ain’t good enough

Episodes and/or related writing are published on this blog – most Mondays and Wednesdays. Please subscribe to this blog to get a reminder when the next episode is published. Subscriptions are free.

Johnny Cash, I Walk the Line

An incomplete picture of Picasso's Rape of the Sabine Women

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The Book of Carrot

Book One: Principal Virtues

Chapter One: Love is a battlefield

Episode Five: Part One: Rape of the Sabine Women

Audience: Adult

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“Is there going to be a zombie apocalypse?” asked Talk Show Host Mircea Badea.

“You never know…” John said and winked.

“I’m here with Zombie killer, John Dionisius,” said Mircea to the camera. “We’re talking about zombies, the end of the world, chow chows and everything else.”

Mircea turned back to John.

“Have you ever seen a real-life zombie?”

“There’s the members of Parliament. They’re walking dead. Don’t you think?” John said with a big grin.

Mircea smiled and whispered to the camera, “This young man is clever.”

“The senators lurch and lumber forward; they devour Romania without any semblance of table manners. Meanwhile, everything falls into ruin.

The water supply is contaminated. There are less than half the schools today than 10 years ago. 10 years ago – it was bad. Meanwhile gross taxes have increased an average of 6 percent every year in the last twelve years.

The European Union Financial Service relentlessly forecloses on the properties of the elderly and pensioners who can’t pay the property taxes.

Did you know that 662 prime downtown Bucharest properties were auctioned off by the Romanian authority, last week. The auction was held in Berlin – not Bucharest! Of course, there was no mention of it by the Romanian press.”

Mircea coughed.

“I didn’t hear about that. Are you sure that’s not a rumor! Tell me, where do you get your information?”

“BBC.”

“You pay for BBC! Oh – so you’re a rich guy- huh!? Do you work for the Russian mob- can you hook me up?” Mircea asked with a grin.

“I kill zombies, Mircea – remember?”

“YES! I’m here with the great zombie killer, John Dionisius. We’re talking about the zombie apocalypse, the end of the world, and money” Mircea said and winked at the camera.

“So how much money do you make from Hachi’s?! He’s adorable, really. He is total fluffiness. You know, I’m a fan, myself! But I hear that you now have five million paying subscribers!

Is all that money going to save you from the zombie apocalypse?”

You know, John, I’m a little jealous. I only have a blog readership of one million and I’m a TV talk show host! Give me your secret- PLEASE!”

“Six million subscribers as of yesterday,” John corrected Mircea as he ran his hand through his brown hair.

“Six million paying subscribers! Are you a millionaire, John?! Do you have a Ferrari?!”

“I’m no millionaire,” John answered. “But I can try. That’s all any of us can do – to try, to lift others up, and, more importantly, to always be true.”

“What’s this, John? My lovely assistant – oh – isn’t she a hottie – just told me that Hachi’s blog is down.”

Fuck! John thought to himself.

“It’s prolly down for a few minutes with all the traffic that we’re getting from your viewers, Mircea.”

“Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you John Dionisius – the zombie killer. Thank you for joining us, John.

And here’s the video that has 288 million views  – John killing zombies in Bucharest’s famous Cismigiu Park…”

John got up, shook hands with Mircea and walked out of the studio – he felt like he was walking the line that Johnny Cash sang about.

George was waiting outside, sweating like a pig and trying to pick up Mircea’s hot assistant – she had just stepped outside to smoke a joint.

Meanwhile, John was on the phone with the Fish. The Fish told him that they had been cut off. The signal wasn’t getting out there. As if someone had cut their connection – someone as in a someone from a government office. The Fish was turning up the juice – they’d have remote sites up in 12 locations around the world in five minutes.

“This is going to get very expensive, very fast,” the Fish explained as he closed the phone.

George got the phone number from Mircea’s assistant, then George and John jumped on the public bus. It was crowded, shoulder to shoulder, and no air conditioning. But John was too lost in his problem to mind the sweat box.

The problem, John thought to himself, is not the service interruption. That happens all the time.

The problem is the network and server costs. That’s going to make the Board of Directors, iffy – iffy on John’s proposal to take Hachi on a road show.

Without a road show, he wasn’t going to have a good enough reason to get Cristina out of the country – far away of that crossroads where Cristina is gunned down by a man on a Harley.

“What’s up, bro? You still worried about that dream you told me about this morning?” George asked.

John didn’t answer but George could see the tears about to break in the darkness of John’s brown eyes.

John’s phone rang.


“Do you believe in the zombie apocalypse?”

“Anything is possible,” replied John. “This reality and world that we live in is inescapably a reflection of our internal state. Considering our own confusion, selfish preference, and the magnitude of our lack of heart – things will get worse.”

This is Europa FM and we’re talking about the zombie apocalypse with zombie killer, John Dionisius,” Ioana Maria Popovich announced.

“Doesn’t it creep you out that the game’s landscape is based on a 3D rendering of Bucharest? Isn’t just a little too real?”

“That’s part of what makes the game, compelling,” answered John.

“Places have a power. They have stories to tell. Places speak to us. They speak to our hearts…”

“True – that’s quite a profound insight coming from an 18 year old,” commented Ioana.

“What about aliens?! Do they exist? Or not?”

“If they exist, that doesn’t mean anything to me or you. The kind of technology they would have to have to get them here from there– that puts them 100s to 1000s of years beyond us in everything.

Since we’re going about our business today like Aliens don’t exist, I don’t really think that the alien question is relevant. What’s relevant is the very real devastation of climate change, the rise of famine, disease, mortality, human conflict and the destabilization of local currencies.”

Ioana steered the discussion elsewhere.

“How does the game explain zombies?”

“That is an interesting and insightful story, Ioana.

Do you know Picasso’s painting, The Rape of the Sabine Women?”

“Yes! That nightmarish painting where Roman horses trample a woman and child.”

“Exactly. Rubens also has a painting by the same title.”

“The game’s story line is that the epidemic of the Sabine Super Bug – the zombie virus – began with the violent rape of six alien ambassadors by several leading members of the World Trade Organization. After a 30 day incubation, the infected VIPs developed an insatiable hunger for various human proteins – this is addition to severe symptoms such as loss of personality, intelligence, emotion and conscience AND the gain of some basic regenerational characteristics.

In this storyline, the bug quickly evolved, and now it incubates in minutes or less. It’s communicated from one person to another by the body fluids of the infected. There is no known cure.

During the 30 days of incubation, the infected diplomats had traveled extensively and succeeded in infecting extremely sexually active cells on six continents. By day 60, zombies had over run most every capital among the developed nations. The game starts at day 90.

“So this is Sodom and Gomorah with a wicked twist?”

“You could say that,” John said and laughed.

“It’s said there’s 65 million players – more than two times the actual population of Bucharest live in virtual Bucharest. Each is paying a minimum of 20 Euro a month to play and spend an average of 6 hours per day in game. Then there’s the Romanian game farms supplying online auctions with in-game items where real people are paying up to 10,000 Euro for things like a uniform that doesn’t exist in the real world. Why?!”

“It’s an intense game.”

“Obviously!”

“On the one hand, everyone likes money. Everyone wants to make money and if you’re good, you can start making real money in this game. You can ring up 1,000 Euro/month with three to six months under your belt. That’s more than most people make with two jobs.

“That’s more than I make in a month!” Ioana exclaimed.

“Something’s wrong with the world if you can make more money playing a game than as a national radio talk show host!.”
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“What compels you to kill zombies, John?”

“The game world can be more real than the real world. Emotions experienced in the game can be intense and, of course, it’s intensely social. You have to work with people to survive. You have to give trust and you have to be trusted. People count on you. They need you and you need them. Honor means something in that world.

But that doesn’t mean there is a lack of betrayal, disappointment and consequences.

People need the human drama to survive as persons in a real world that has become gray. They need chests that heave and sigh – because the real world ever becomes more and more heartless and all of us become more and more like the walking dead.

It’s just like C.S. Lewis had warned in his book, The Abolition of Man.”

“Zombies, life, the universe and everything. We’ve just been talking with John Dionisius, the zombie killer. You can see the epic video of John killing zombies on our website – it’s just a click away.

After the commercial, the zombie killer will tell us all about how he made a killing with a blog – a blog about his dog!”

Contaminated water kills an average of 10,000 men, women and children every year – only in Bucharest. Around the world, contaminated water kills tens of millions and infects hundreds of millions or more. Every year.

That’s why clean water is important to you and your family.

The Silver Solace removes undesirable chemicals, biological contaminants, suspended solids and gases from contaminated water. It removes and neutralizes algae, bacteria, fungi, parasite, protozoa and viruses. 

The Silver Solace makes clean water for you and your family.

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Next Episode: Part Two of Episode 5

All Rights Reserved by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna
01 October 2012
Bucharest, Romania

Stan Faryna


The Hero School Review: Magik, Phoenix Flare, Phoenix Pinion and More

October 1, 2012

The Hero School Review: Magik, Phoenix Flare, Phoenix Pinion and More

Captain America

Credits: Concept by Stan Faryna. Artwork by Tabitha Moon.

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The Review for Gold Gear, Heros, Uniforms and Loot in Playdom’s Marvel Avengers Alliance Game for Facebook and Playdom.com

Edited by Stan Faryna

Beauty School Drop Out from the Motion Picture, Grease

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