Author: Blair Loveday

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I have been falling more and more in love with Magic: The Gathering. After getting my head around playing, pack types, and events, it’s the perfect time for a new spanner in the works. The newest set, Murders at Karlov Manor, has a new booster type, the Play Booster. So, are Play Boosters for Murders at Karlov Manor worth your time and money? There has been a murder at Karlov Manor https://youtu.be/rlF0REuabuo For newbies like me, there is an incredibly popular plane called Ravnica. This plane is run by guilds that are aligned to the mana colours, and there are…

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A big shift in Magic The Gathering has been that this year the Standard format is going to be more prominent. With that in mind, I figured what better way to try out Standard than go down and compete with people at the best LGS around, Bea DnD. What the hell is Standard? Standard is a constructed format where you can use cards from certain sets. Previously, it had been up to 2 years worth of sets, but at the moment it is up to 3 years. You build your deck, come along and compete. Your deck must be 60…

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Gaming

The Suicide Squad is one of the most iconic DC teams. This anti-hero group has been some of my personal favourite reads, and with a movie that was… well, disappointing, I was pretty amped for the game. I mean, with the creative minds of Rocksteady Studios that brought us the iconic Arkham games, what could go wrong? Well, some stuff The story https://youtu.be/3QHZxzTPsco The biggest thing was always going to be the story. A bland and uninteresting one could make killing the Justice League a bland affair. Fortunately, this is the one thing that Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League…

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Ring has announced the launch of its most advanced battery doorbell yet, the Battery Video Doorbell Pro. This new release is packed with snazzy features including 3D Motion Detection and Bird’s Eye View. These mean motion alerts are more refined and more accurate, giving you more flexibility. https://youtu.be/52HwSxGyRk0 Precise motion detection, crystal-clear image and crisp audio Advanced radar-powered features like Bird’s Eye Zones and Bird’s Eye View mean customers can use an aerial perspective to pinpoint and only send an alert when their doorbell detects movement in that exact location, providing more specific information for individual motion events. Captured in 1536p HD…

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I’m old enough to remember buying external HDDs that had the big Boi HDD inside a massive case that required a power cable. Yup, a separate power cable for running that extra disc space. Then they came down in size and ran with the power from USB. They were all slow as balls, but hey, it was still pretty awesome. Well, nowadays, with portable SSDs, they aren’t much bigger than a credit card, and they fly insanely fast. So I took two of these beasties for a spin to see how they hold up and if it was worth getting…

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You have no idea how much I have been chomping at the bit for a new PlayStation portable console. I loved my PSP, and I loved my Vita even more. So when I saw the PlayStation Portal, I was initially unimaginably excited, followed by a feeling of “huh, that’s a thing.” Well, now I have the chance to take one for a spin to see if it’s worth $380. So what is the PlayStation portal? https://youtu.be/NmgOWKQj5-Y In short, it’s a hardware version of Remote Play. Once you have set it up, it essentially runs your games on your PS5 and…

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I’ve been a pretty big advocate for the devices that put the smart in smart TVs for a while now. The OS’s in TV’s go out of support pretty quickly, whereas a separate device is likely to provide you many more years of usefulness. Having used a Chromecast for a few years now, I wanted to see what else was available on the market. Bring on the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max. So what does the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max offer? Plug this bad boy into your HDMI port, set it up super easily, and you have…

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School has started for another year. Back in my day expansion drives were refill pads. You could add pages to your books, pop some data down and transfer it to another book. Those were the days, now kids have Robblox, err I mean laptops for school work. So being able to back up, store and share data is more important than ever. WD and SanDisk must-have essentials for students of every age to keep your kiddos important school files from SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD (RRP from $79): The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD lets you access your files from anywhere and at…

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It’s not news that I have been diving headfirst into Magic: The Gathering. One thing that has been a little too intimidating for me thus far is a booster draft. Well, why not try it with one of the most complicated new sets? Well, kind of new. Ravnica Remastered is a new set of old cards and mechanics. Sod it. I’ll get to that later. What is a booster draft? Just like other sealed events, you open packs at the event and make your own deck. I love sealed events because you don’t need to worry about someone bringing along…

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Final Fantasy XVI is an incredible game. It veered further from the FF formula than I liked, but the story and characters were much more engrossing than I had come to expect. Then, with the combat being essentially as hard or easy as you want it, the game caters to us nerds that want to venture off for a crazy story and those that want a challenge. Well, now Echoes of the Fallen has been released, the first DLC package in a two-piece expansion pass. I was eager to jump back into the world of Valisthea to see what awaited.…

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