Roy Tang

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Programmer, engineer, scientist, critic, gamer, dreamer, and kid-at-heart.

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2008 September

  • I Claim My Name

    After trying out usernamecheck.com, I decided to try claiming my username "roytang" at various websites. Here's a list of various websites where I have this username. http://friendfeed.com/roytang-- This one actually seems useful. http://twitter.com/roytang-- Okay, I admit it. I've actually had this for a few weeks now. http://pownce.com/roytang/-- I'm not yet too clear on what it's used for. http://roytang.posterous.com/-- would be useful if I didn't already have a blog http://roytang.livejournal.com/-- now I can be emo! http://roytang.pbwiki.com/-- I created this a long time ago. Recently I had to use pbwiki again so I revived the account. http://www.last.fm/user/roytang-- music I listen to. http://roytang.wordpress.com/--

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  • I was looking to try out some Flex stuff at home, but of course I didn't have a personal Flex Builder license I could use. (A coworker of mine wisely advised me not to try using my work license at home.) So I looked around to see if there were any free (as in beer and as in speech) alternatives. The one I found was FlashDevelop. Although the IDE looks Eclipse-like, it's actually built using .Net. While it's not yet 100% polished, my impression from about an hour of working with it is that it's reasonably mature and quite fast

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  • Pre-Alara Triple Treats: Kithkin

    Catching up on my tournament reports now: Sep 7, Pre-Alara Triple Treat (Prerelease passes at stake) I'm playing the same deck as I did in the GP Manila Day Two PTQs. Round 1 vs 5-color merfolk: 2-0 win. Round 2 vs Kithkin (mirror match) 0-2 loss. I generally don't know how to play the mirror match. Round 3 vs 5-color control: 1-2 loss. His build was too strong against Kithkin; in addition to Firespouts and Hallowed Burials, he also had Soul Snuffers. Drop. Tournament record: 1-2-drop. This turned out to be a mistake, as I found out the following week

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  • Grand Prix Manila Day Two and PTQ Berlin

    Grand Prix Manila 08 has come and gone and is in the history books. While the Wizards official coverage gives you the play-by-play and the results, I’ll see if I can’t provide any interesting stories about my first constructed Grand Prix event. For the PTQ on day two, I decided to just use the Kithkin build we made for Paul, except that I put in Stillmoon Cavaliers maindeck, taking out Knight of Meadowgrain. I also fixed up the sideboard a bit. The list I played: Lands 4 Windbrisk Heights 4 Rustic Clachan 2 Mutavault 16 Plains Creatures 4 Burrenton Forge-Tender

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  • Blast From The Past -- 2004 Desktop

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  • Groundhog Day

    I caught Groundhog Day for the Nth time today on HBO (N roughly around 50). My father claims it's his favorite movie of all time; high praise considering he watches every movie that comes out EVER. I'm not actually going to talk about the movie; it's awesome, if you haven't seen it, you should. You're missing half your life. If you had one day of eternity, what would you do? Too bad it's not possible to train to be Batman (your body gets reset every morning); you need to focus on mastering mental disciplines first. Ideally you would have an

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  • Grand Prix Manila Day One Report

    Grand Prix Manila 08 has come and gone and is in the history books. While the Wizards official coverage gives you the play-by-play and the results, I’ll see if I can’t provide any interesting stories about my first constructed Grand Prix event. Day One Tournament Report As mentioned in the previous post , I'm playing QnT and I hope to fight aggro decks all day long. Round 1. I shuffle up with my first round opponent. I keep a two-lander with some good creature control spells. He starts with a Forest and I realize he'splaying some sort of monogreen elves

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  • Shards of Alara Preview Season

    ... starts next week. Taking a break from typing up my Grand Prix Manila blog entries, here's my prediction for the type of manafixing we'll see in Alara: Grixis Land Land (Common) T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 2, T: Add RBU to your mana pool. Whenever you would add G or W to your mana pool, add 1 to your mana pool instead.
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  • Grand Prix Manila 08 has come and gone and is in the history books. While the Wizards official coverage gives you the play-by-play and the results, I’ll see if I can’t provide any interesting stories about my first constructed Grand Prix event. Grand Prix Manila, Day Zero I met up with Switch and Alex at the venue (Megatrade hall in SM Megamall) early and got in by 10 am. I had originally been planning to play the grinders with Kithkin; but since I was planning to play five-color control in the main event I figured I might as well get

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  • Grand Prix Manila 08 has come and gone and is in the history books. While the Wizards official coverage gives you the play-by-play and the results, I’ll see if I can’t provide any interesting stories about my first constructed Grand Prix event. Cast of Characters It was about three weeks before the Grand Prix, and I still had no idea what I was going to play. I didn’t have a regular playtest group, and I needed some people to bounce ideas off. I formed a mailing list on Yahoo Groups and added the following (last names withheld unless they request

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