The Corsair: A Promise is a Promise #IWD #IWDfire

March 8, 2013

The Corsair: A Promise is a Promise

Episode Two

This episode is dedicated to women and hot mommas
The Hot Mommas Project is an award-winning social venture that encourages young women to be confident, courageous and strong. Follow @ChiefHotMomma on Twitter to learn more.

The previous episode of The Corsair is here.

Annie Lennox, Sweet Dreams

Stacie Rohr looked at a drawing of her and Rosa Parks holding hands in front of an old Montgomery bus. Stacie thought back to the day Rosa faced the police officers on the bus. Rosa wouldn’t be moved around like an animal.

She leaned out the open bus window and made a promise to Rosa Parks as a policeman pushed her into the back of the police car. She would carry Rosa’s fight for the dignity of the person (human, alien or otherwise] until the end of time.

On December 1, 1955, Stacie Rohr, an illegal alien with two hearts, fell in love with humanity.

“I won’t forget you, Rosa,” she said, and closed her leather-bound journal. “A promise is a promise.”

But Stacie also knew that promises are not always easy to keep. Occasionally, a promise made itself difficult to keep. Because a promise can be its own foil. And several promises – they can easily become labyrinth of negotiation and good faith.

Turning her attention to her Twitter stream, a tweet caught Stacie’s eye.

Why is a promise a promise? Read the rest of this entry »

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The Corsair: Whovian Fan Fiction

March 1, 2013

The Corsair: Whovian-Zombie Fan Fiction, American-Gangnam style

Chapter One. Episode One. Zombies – oh my!

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

AC DC, Highway to Hell

“I want to do something amazing,” blurted Stacie as she shifted in the red leather arm chair and tugged on a lock of brown hair at the back of her head.
AC DC’s song, Highway to Hell, played in the background.
Stacie wore jeans, a white tee shirt, a pirate’s frock coat, and a Doctor Who scarf around her waist – like a sash. On the front of the tee shirt was a picture of Captain Picard’s face and there was text, There are FOUR LIGHTS!
there are four lights
“You do amazing things.”
“More amazing, mon Ange!”
“My heart is empty,” Stacie explained. “I want to do more! I need to serve….”
“Winnie-the-Pooh once said that sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart,” replied Az.  Read the rest of this entry »

Marvel Avengers Alliance (MAA) 1 hit hack

February 5, 2013

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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.  10

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2014: Currently playing Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Read about that here.

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

Marvel Avengers Alliance (MAA) 1 hit hack

Marvel Avengers Alliance One Hit Hack

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A Lightning Rod and the Monkey Mind #TheJackB

November 29, 2012

A Lightning Rod and the Monkey Mind

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Rush, Tom Sawyer

Jack Steiner is encouraging his readers to join him in writing blog posts based on a stream of consciousness (a.k.a. the monkey mind – in the not so humble opinion of the Zen masters).

The guidelines and Jack’s exercise in monkeying around is here:

http://www.thejackb.com/2012/11/25/the-write-words-for-weekend-writing

This post is my own exercise in monkeying around. I thought I’d go the extra mile for Jack.

I’m thinking about two days ago. I was drinking coffee and chatting with Mockingbird and Emma Frost about the lightning rod.

The Lightning Rod is a weapon in the Marvel Avengers Alliance browser game. It’s something you pay real cash for. It costs about $15. It’s also a limited edition item so if you didn’t buy it anytime in the last six days – you lucked out. Because the lightning rod is crap and it’s not going to advance your game – never mind the unlikely exceptions.

Sometimes, I write reviews about this kind of limited edition gear (and heroes) in The Hero School Review.

Thanks Emma.

So I was hanging out with Mockingbird and Emma like I said and the doorbell rings.

My least favorite person in the world is standing outside the door with four gorillas. I can just barely make out the faces by my security monitor. The lights in the hall are off – intentionally.

I fetch an axe and return to stand on the other side of the door. I raise the axe to the window above the door and tap it against the glass as I say loudly, Trouble never comes alone. It’s a Romanan proverb.

Sure, they heard me and they saw the head of the axe. I could feel their doubt and hesitation as their empty hearts fell out of their chests.

Yeah, it really happened just like that.

I’d like to tell you what happened next but according to Jack’s rules, this post has to come to an end. I have 30 seconds left to make my mark.

That’s ok. Because I have only two more things to say on the matter. The first repeats what Jack Steiner wrote. Because it applies here.

Don’t challenge me unless you are willing to take what comes with it.

The second is from another Rush song, Bravado.

We will pay the price, but we will not count the cost.

Stan Faryna
29 November 2012
Bucharest, Romania


Honor glitters greatest in the human heart: P2 Graphic Novelette

November 20, 2012

Honor glitters greatest in the human heart…

A Marvel Avengers Alliance Graphic Novelette

by Stan Faryna and Brandy Hupperich Renfroe

Thanks also to Madalina Cristea for her work on the designs for the Omega honors.

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OMEGA GUILD FILE no. 0maa200912

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Queen, We Are The Champions

Glimpses of the Previous Episode:
All that Glitters is not Gold

All that glitters - A Marvel Avengers Alliance Graphic Novelette

All that glitters - A Marvel Avengers Alliance Graphic Novelette

All that glitters - A Marvel Avengers Alliance Graphic Novelette

Part Two

Emma Frost on stage

Emma Frost Quotes Abraham Lincoln

Emma Frost speaks about human ambition

Colossus speaks about Omega Guild's Honorees

Omega Guild's Guardian Honor

Captain America salutes the Guardians of Omega Guild

Omega Guild's Centurion Honor

Captain America salutes the Centurions of Omega Guild

Chuck Norris likes PVP in Marvel Avengers Alliance

Top 100 PVPers of Marvel Avengers Alliance

Emma Frost - Omega Poster Girl

Dr. Strange Recruitment Poster

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This graphic novellete is a fan generated, non-commercial and creative exercise in player generated content for Disney-Playdom’s game, Marvel Avenger’s Alliance.

The characters (Storm, DeadPool, Phoenix, Tony Stark, Cyclops, Nick Fury, and Captain America) are the property of Marvel-Disney.

You can play this free game here, join the Omega Guild Facebook Group, or subscribe to The Hero School Review – if you already play.

About the creatives

Brandy Hupperich Renfroe

Brandy Hupperich Renfroe is a wife, mama, graphic designer and cake baker extraordinaire. She loves dogs and has a huge crush on Thor.

Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna is a daddy, online strategist, entrepreneur, design wonk, and techno bohemian. Stan is currently working on a science fiction novel about the end of the world and everything else.

You can read some of Stan’s epic story here: https://stanfaryna.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/the-heart-of-a-hero


PVP Tips and Bloggers. And other social media DOHs.

November 19, 2012

PVP tips and bloggers.

And other social media DOHs.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Guns and Roses, Knocking on heavens door

Israeli anti-war protesters gathered in Tel Aviv to condemn the recent murders and acts of terrors committed by Israeli forces on the people of Gaza. Some bloggers suggest that the recent killing spree correlates to the upcoming Israeli elections. Others will mince words and suggest that evil (whatever that means) must be met with evil. Kill or be killed. An eye for an eye.

The Israeli death machine does not distinguish itself from Hamas by any observable virtue. Both are terrorists – we do not need either in our world. Nor do I forget Israel’s President Shimon Peres – shouting out to entrepreneurs, inventors and venture capitalists… to build him a terminator.

Will Anonymous prove a stumbling block to the IDF’s reign of terror? I don’t know.

Meanwhile, my inbox piled up with requests for hero and gear reviews and PVP tips for the Marvel Avengers Alliance game.

At the corner convenience store, a homeless man asked me for the equivalent of a dollar, I gave him the equivalent of ten dollars. He could fill his stomach (today) with that money and wash it all down with a two liter bottle of beer.

At first, he was overwhelmed and humbled by my humanity. But his gratitude changed to angry entitlement when he cursed me (as I left the store) because I didn’t give him a cigarette. He told me to go to hell. There is no moral (nor wisdom) to gleen from this event. None.

It has been a surreal day. Ok, maybe not surreal. Actually, today was a cup filled with vulnerability.

Being human is being vulnerable. As much as being human is triumph, potential, and happiness.

We are the same in this regard. Muslim. Jew. Christian. Buddhist. Polytheist. Atheist. Black. White. Yellow. Red. Etcetera.

Yes, this is just an ordinary day in the 21st century.

Yes, despite the dark signals, I searched for beauty.

And found it.

Anti-war protest in Tel Aviv. Photo by @RoniMore1 on Twitter

Stan Faryna
19 November 2012
Bucharest, Romania


PLAYDUMB alienates Marvel Avengers Alliance Players

November 14, 2012

Disney-Playdom’s broken PVP alienates millions

Creation of the Hero

Creation of the Hero by Michelangelo, Stan Faryna, Madalina Cristea and 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

SPECIAL EDITION: A QUICK FIX FOR PVP

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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 and White Buffalo

Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire

Playdom has never before alienated more of its customers than with it’s latest PVP Tournament Seasons in the Marvel Avengers Alliance browser game. The problem is that the tournament awards (a good thing) have made players feel more disenfranchised than ever before.

Because less than 1 percent of many millions of players have any kind of chance of getting the good stuff. Read the rest of this entry »