Archive for December, 2014

2nd Hearthstone Expansion

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

The new expansion of Hearthstone (Goblins vs. Gnomes) is now online. The first expansion contained fewer cards, which you would acquire by completing specific single player matches. This new expansion contains a lot of new cards. In fact there are so many that when you buy a new pack of cards now, you have to select if you want the original cards or the new ones. I wonder whether Goblins vs. Gnomes will be commercially as successful as Naxxramas. I personally have no incentive to by card packs with real money. I play in the lower reaches (typically rank 20-17) anyway. So there is no need to buy packs or arena passes with real money to get cards more quickly. I rather spend my in game gold on them. With Naxxramas it was different, the real money bought access to the game content which otherwise would not have been available to me for long time.

In any case the new cards are great fun. Buying packs with gold brings back the excitement, for you get only few new packs each week. Since now I have only few of the new cards, many packs contain five unknown cards, some of which are great. Wow! I also have the impression that there are some very powerful cards in the new set. This is obviously for the same reason as with Magic the Gathering. If the cards of a new expansion are just equal (or even worse) than the existing cards, no one will buy the new cards. Anyway, I played with a Hunter and noticed how the Webspinner is boosted.



The card still works the same way as before. I was however lucky and got one of the new überbeasts:



The next game went equally well and the Webspinner summoned the new legendary druid beast, a feat I didn’t even know was possible.



Interstellar – my favorite movie of the year 2014

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

This Monday I went to the movies and saw Interstellar. When discussing Guardians of the Galaxy I wrote that I am curious whether the Battle of the Five Armies will top Guardians of the Galaxy as my movie of the year. Early in the movie I knew it is Interstellar and I don’t have to see the hobbit beforehand to decide that.



Here is the trailer. It is a bit similar to Beyond Earth, don’t you think?



In the school scene, of which you can see parts in the trailer, there is this great dialoge, where the protagonist gets annoyed with the school teacher, who tells him that in modern school books the “truth” about the Apollo moon landings is printed, which is they were a fake to bring down the Soviet Union. Here is what Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin has to say about that:

Anyway, the film was really great. The only thing I didn’t quite understand is how the anti-gravitation drive (or whatever they were researching the whole movie) was supposed to beat the crop diseases that were causing starvations. I suppose isolating the crops on a huge farming space station should do the trick. Ok.