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Christopher Lorando
Father, Dreamer, Gamer, Tech-Savy, and Devoted Friend.
Father, Dreamer, Gamer, Tech-Savy, and Devoted Friend.
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Life has it's way of tossing curve balls when you least expect it. As I attempt to navigate it all, I have come to truly appreciate Poets of the Fall's lyrical and musical talent.

"Love Will Come to You" from there Jealous Gods album poetic lyrics truly resonate with my soul as I learn what it means to be my own best friend. Highly recommend a watch/listen!

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Thanks to +doom guy who graciously got me a copy of this game I've been found myself addicted to this game. A nice turn-based game that I can enjoy even with regular parenting interruptions.

Extremely in-depth 4x game, beautiful graphics and enough complexity to keep me occupied for months, I've been looking to see if others have enjoyed the game as much as I have and came across Arumba's Youtube Channel and one of his play-throughs.

I definitely encourage a watch and/or a purchase of the game. I think after I get my next game finished (Tiny Packed game with "Easy" AI) that I'll try my hand a Custom Faction and a larger universe!

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+doom guy and +Kyle Gifford... For the Love of Talos and your Knees, RUN!!!

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Battle Report: Medpac Squadron

Meant to upload this back on Nov 25th, though as a refresher here is my

Rebel: Medpac Squadron
X-Wing: · Biggs Darklighter (25)
. . R5 Astromech (1)
B-Wing: Dagger Squadron Pilot (24)
B-Wing: Dagger Squadron Pilot (24)
HWK-290: · Roark Garnet (19)
. . Ion Cannon Turret (5); · Jan Ors (2)

So far I've had a lot of fun, though finding that the recent Expansions from Wave 10 with the "free" Title Upgrades have been very demanding on a basic squad like my current setup. The

MATCH 1 - DRAW
Palpatine Aces
TIE Advanced: · Darth Vader (29)
. . Adaptability (Increase) (0); TIE/x1 (0); Advanced Targeting Computer (1)
TIE Phantom: · "Whisper" (32)
. . Veteran Instincts (1); Advanced Cloaking Device (4)
Lambda-Class Shuttle: Omicron Group Pilot (21)
. . Sensor Jammer (4); · Emperor Palpatine (8)

This was a full hour game, with no ship having lost much of anything. Biggs was rolling well, Palpetine was forced to play defensive as I swung through his first two ships and blitzed straight for him. I was overwhelmingly frustred by this game as the amount of synergy and "new" rules caused my friend and I to review the steps of modifying dice. Roll, opponent modifies, you modify. ALWAYS in that order. VERY Important less to be had here. Also: Palpatine needs to burn... Sadly my Medpac crew couldn't do that this game... NEXT TIME!

MATCH 2 - WIN
Scum Swarm
Protectorate Starfighter: · Fenn Rau (28)
. . Fearlessness (1); Autothrusters (2); Concord Dawn Protector (1)
Z-95 Headhunter: · Kaa'to Leeachos (15)
. . Trick Shot (0); Black Market Slicer Tools (1)
Z-95 Headhunter: Black Sun Soldier (13)
Z-95 Headhunter: Black Sun Soldier (13)
Z-95 Headhunter: Black Sun Soldier (13)
Z-95 Headhunter: Black Sun Soldier (13)

This game was a tense joust. I played it carefully as this was the first swarm list I've played in a LONG time and the first time my friend played one as well. Despite both, he played really well, kept in formation. This game I learned very quickly the importance of Ion Cannons on small ships and the ability to make the most of Roark. Passing the High Initiative and making sure to stay two steps ahead with the Shuttle kept it flying along at hull while stunning enemy ships for the B-Sharks to grab their prey.

So far, 2 wins, 1 Draw, and one modified loss. Starting to formulate another list to try out, but I am satisfied after 4 games to have those kind of odds!
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12/9/16
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I've been following along with a number of projects with X-Wing and this one really has been a work of love that I just had to share! A full fledged Campaign for Star Wars X-Wing Minis. Have a look!

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Battle Report: Medpack Squadron

Finally got to play my Medpacks against some solid lists this weekend. 1 Modified Loss, 1 Win. Details below!

Rebel: Medpack Squadron
X-Wing: · Biggs Darklighter (25)
. . R5 Astromech (1)
B-Wing: Dagger Squadron Pilot (24)
B-Wing: Dagger Squadron Pilot (24)
HWK-290: · Roark Garnet (19)
. . Ion Cannon Turret (5); · Jan Ors (2)

Notes: This is a modification of the "Bigg's Walks the Dog's" build (two x-wings, two b-wings) after a squad of injured pilots drafted to defend an incoming Imperial Fleet. Even spread, Biggs is there to allow Roark and B-Wings to last till end game.

Really had to place the asteroids wide and far apart as these ships need a lot of space to use their white and green dials (and their 2 speed dials to keep in formation... mostly).

MATCH 1
Scum: Shadowcast Tackle Squadron
Lancer-class Pursuit Craft: · Asajj Ventress (37)
. . Veteran Instincts (1); Gyroscopic targeting (2); · Ketsu Onyo (1); · Shadow Caster (3); Glitterstim (2); Burnout SLAM (1)
Y-Wing: Syndicate Thug (18)
. . Twin Laser Turret (6); Unhinged Astromech (1)
Z-95 Headhunter: Binayre Pirate (12)
. . Black Market Slicer Tools (1)
Z-95 Headhunter: Binayre Pirate (12)
. . Black Market Slicer Tools (1)

Notes: This was not a good matchup for this list and I knew it. Despite that I played to rush the Shadowcaster though once his ship high-tailed it I was able to pick off some of the smaller ships. I forgot about Roark's initiative this whole game, though don't think it would have made a difference. Bigg's down at 26 for my opponent and 13 for me. Time ran out.

The Dice didn't favor me at all this game as well, as despite having had 3 rounds of open shots with 12 red dice, focused, and with target locks I rarely got more than 2 hits, which my opponent easily evaded. Just happy that it was as close as it was given the 45/50 game rounds.

MATCH 2
Empire: Whispered Aces
TIE Advanced: · Darth Vader (29)
. . Veteran Instincts (1); TIE/x1 (0); Advanced Targeting Computer (1)
TIE Phantom: · "Whisper" (32)
. . Veteran Instincts (1); Fire Control System (2); Advanced Cloaking Device (4)
TIE Avanced Prototype: · The Inquisitor (25)
. . Veteran Instincts (1); Autothrusters (2); TIE/v1 (1)

Notes: This matchup I had a lot of fears. Even after the change in how cloaking works, Phantoms are nothing to ignore. My stragegy involved baiting a killbox on Biggs/Roak while the B-Wings swooped in and get at least one kill.

My opponent took the bait. Biggs melted but survived all three attacks from my opponents higher Initiative. My response followed with a well placed Ion and two turns of and body-blocking and returned focus fire and his Aces fell apart on my setup side of the board. By the time was called, all that remained was his Whisper trying to avoid the firing arcs of my two B-Wings and Roark pushing the evades and Initiative. Empire 26 points, Rebels 60!

I gained a LOT of respect for the bulk of the B-Wing this game. I could play a little risky thanks a lot in part to the B-Wings generous 5 shields. They really pulled the weight in this game, and allowed for some fun plays. Furthermore, I REALLY need to get my hands on Integrated Astromech...
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11/21/16
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Hello Google!

I'm currently gaging interest for a game to be held at 7:00 PM (19:00) EST on December 09, 2016.

Game will be #MutantsandMasterminds 3rd Ed; Power Level 10 (150pp); Greyscale; Modern Setting; Global scale.

Additional flavor will include something similar to a former Justice League having fallen, with new heroes (the players) rising up to save the day while facing prejudice and distrust from the world at large.

Game will be run over Discord for Voice (hangout service is very limited/unreliable where I live) and Roll20 for Map Utilities. If interested please let me know!
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On this day in history, November 9th, 2016, there was an opportunity for a great divide on both sides of our election, where the slander and negative rhetoric that has plagued the campaign trail could have greatly severed our once proud nation.

Yet with great dignity, eloquence, and honor both Hillary Clinton and the now soon-to-be former President Obama paved the way to a new 4 year occupation of President Elect Donald Trump. It is these simple acts that give me hope that we may be a united nation once again, and it is now in President Elect Trump's hands to make "America Great Again" after a campaign that seemed to promote nothing but "Hate."

Both local and foreign economies are beginning to tremble and falter, the possibility of China and Japan falling back into heavy Russian Influence (for better or worse), and the turbulence of Democracy both local and afar cast a gloom picture on what is to come. President Elect Trump also looks to alienate one of our closest neighbors, tighten immigration laws with unpredictable costs and consequences, and a plan backtrack some of the most controversial yet well-intentioned government assistant programs in our recent history with nothing more than his word that things will get better. I can only hope that he lives up to his own "braggadocious" titles, the expectations of his voters, and prove his worth to those who campaigned against him.

Goodbye President Obama, you will be truly missed. Congrats Hillary Clinton for a campaign well fought and for having given so many along the way a sense of purpose and hope.

Finally to now President Elect Donald Trump: may the coming presidency give you the opportunity to live up to your slogan and allow America to be the proud nation we have all grown up believing ourselves to be.

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Saw this and immediately thought of you +Katie Lorando! <3

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Been really working on hard on getting myself through Ranked gameplay in #faeria and got to rank 15 after two undefeated runs (each between 7 and 9 game win streaks). Now in this league players are starting to be a bit more seasoned and I'm having to work harder for those wins.

Want so badly to get into the God Tier! Can't wait! And I gotta work hard at it, as +Katie Lorando is keeping up with me with her Highlander deck, talk about skill!
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