Warring with Cali Dragoons

Last Friday we, Cali Dragoons, participated in our first Clan War. We ended up winners! YAY! #WINNING

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

As you can see from above, both clans had players that did not participate in the war.  Even though our Average Destruction was lower than theirs, we were fortunate enough to have more members participating in the CW than them.

Some of you may say that we suck as a clan due to the low AD score. To those that do, you can suck a dick.

I have a lot of expectations and want nothing but perfection, so I do critique our clan with a magnifying lens. However I do understand that we are a young clan with a fair number of players that has been only playing for a few months, with me being one of them.

The poor results from my first battle

The poor results from my first battle

During my first battle with the opposing clan, I targeted a player who had their Town Hall outside their walls. At the initial stage of the attack, I released a few dragons to attack the TH, followed up by a healer to heal the dragons as a couple Archer Towers attacked them. To my alarm, the dragons were not being healed! I panicked and dropped a healing potion on top of them, then just started unloading all my troops to ensure that I would at least walk away with one star and a win. In the end I did destroy the TH, ensuring me one star, but did less than 50% of damage. Few minutes later, a fellow Co-Leader commented “Johny, you didn’t know that healers don’t heal flyers?” which I simply replied “Not at that time, but now I know. Learned the hard way”.

Like I wrote, we are a young clan that is still learning and gaining experience. My takeaway from our first war is that everyone has learned from the war: learned that the battles carry a different kind of pressure to them versus the normal raiding/farming battles, learned that we need to communicate better with strategies and tactics, and that CW is a fun aspect to Clash of Clans that we are transitioning from just a regular clan to a clan that will participate and push CW.

Today is Monday and the first day of a new season. For those that do not know, a season occurs in a span of two weeks starting and ending on Sunday night at 10:00 PM PST. With a new season brings new hope. And that hope is that we win more wars. Last night the Co’s talked about all the different option of when we can war, should war, how many times a week we war, and if we are ready to war.

We decided that we are as ready as we can to war. Every day every member of the clan is going to have something on their base upgrading, structure or troop, and so will any other clan that we face. One thing that we did want to make sure was that every member that would be participating in the war has a Clan Castle of at least level 3 so that they can hold a dragon.

As for when should we go to war? We decided to not focus on weeks but rather on seasons. A few options that were thrown out were: warring every 4 days, warring every single possible time with no break in between, and war once a week. The direction that we went with was that we war three times a season: Monday, Saturday, and the following Thursday. We hope that three wars a season will give us enough action each season, and at the same time enough time to farm to upgrade both our buildings and troops.

We already have our next war set up, going against Super… Man. We have more trophy counts (Cali Dragoons – 11725) than them (Super.. Man 11422) but trophy counts is not the best way to judge your opponent.


Stacking up the competition

Stacking up the competition

As you can see, SM has a few more higher level players than us however they also have 3 players below level 39, one that is level 30. We do have one player that is level 82, and as long as he score three stars in this match I feel that we have a good chance at running the table.

Wish us luck!

Clash of Clans: Clan Wars Update

Clan Wars, yeah!

Or maybe not?

Maintenance Break!

Maintenance Break!

The concept of warring with other clans is great but there are a fair number of bugs that Super Cell need to iron out. As of writing this post the type of glitches that fellow Clash of Clan players are experiencing are:

  • Unable to watch replays
  • Can not attack other clan bases
  • Not able to donate troops
  • Being disconnected in the middle of a battle

Not being able to attack, even after restarting both the game and phone is horrible. But the latter is the worst! Imagine, you have just started a battle against the other clan’s base and while it appears that the attack will be successful. Then boom! The game is restarting and you get zero stars for the attack.

Jocor was only able to score 9% due to the game resetting

Jocor was only able to score 9% due to the game resetting

While playing CW, there are bases that CoC recommends one should attack. However attacking a recommended target doesn’t always work out to well. From what I am hearing from the clan, sometimes the recommended target are; wasting their attack on a weak target that should had been attacked by a lower clan member, or out of their league making the attack challenging and wasting an attack by only procuring 1 star. IMO, if one is well skilled and patient, they should be able to come out of an attack with at least 2 stars.

Even though there are issues with the CW, I am enjoying the action, shit talking with fellow clan members, and having a new purpose to CoC. Farming was becoming tedious and CW is a good way to test how strong one’s clan is.

A few tips for those that want to participate in CW and to those that has already had their first CW match:

  • Have the higher level clan members donate high tier troops and high level troops to the members participating in CW. With high tier/high level troops defending, low level players will be able to put up a stronger defense from the attacking clan.
  • Practice with the army and Clan Castle that you will be using for CW on regular villages. The mental process of attacking in CW is different from farming. In CW, one plays to win. While in farming, one tries to capture as much resources as possible. Plus some players may not be accustomed to battling with 21 wizards, 2 healers, 9 giants, 6 wall breakers, and a dragon in the CC.
  • Watch replays. If a clan member fails at an attack, watch the replay and learn from their mistake.

Finally, here is a tip from a fellow clan member Jae:  One can scout a base by clicking on the blue star, then click on enemy tab, click on name, and one will have the option to visit the base. 

By being able to scout a base, if one has forgotten who they were assigned to attack or if the defender changed their base layout, one can find a base that they can easily win and receive 3 stars.

An easy win for Jae!

An easy win for Jae!

Good luck and happy warring!

Clash of Clans: Clan Wars, HELP!!!

Well. This post is more of a blind question to the World Wide Web about the Clan Wars for Clash of Clans (CoC).

I am fairly new to the game CoC but not super new, been playing a little over 2 months, level 54, town hall 7 but do not have a Barb King. With the most recent update of CoC being on the 9th, Clan Wars was introduced with the update, means that Clan Wars is fairly new to everyone. The basic concept of Clan Wars I understand: the difference from a War Base and Village Base, troop donation, scouting, the 2 stages to the war, etc. The CoC wikipedia answered the fundamental questions. The finer details to Clan Wars has me lost in the dark.

Here are a few questions that I would love answers about Clan Wars:

  • If upgrading a defensive structure is completed during the Prep Day, will the new level be accounted for the Battle Day? One can assume that: yes, any upgrades completed before the Battle Day start will be accounted for the battle. Even though the answer seems common sense, I’d like to be reassured by knowing the correct answer.
  • A player can only attack twice and not the same player. Can multiple players gang up on a single player? According to the CoC wiki “The main goal of attacking in a clan war is to earn stars for your clan by earning them in battle”. If a 100% attack equal 3 stars, it would only make sense to have multiple players concentrate their attacks on a single player. 
  • What is the most amount of stars can an attacker gain from a single attack? If the battle mode, during Clan Wars, is the exactly the game as an attack on a village, then one can safely assume that 3 stars would be the most one can obtain in an attack. But this is Clan Wars.
  • Are all the procured stars tallied up in the end, who ever has the most stars win. Only that best attack will count towards the clan’s total stars shown at the top of the war map.” I am assuming that the top attack score done to a War Base will count. If A attacks C and only scores 2 stars. Then B attacks C and gains 3 stars. The only stars that would be counted against C would be 3 stars. Is that correct?

I honestly have a hundred more questions to ask, but the midnight oil is burning…

At 4 PM today our clan, Cali Dragoons,  enters the second stage of Clan Wars: Battle Day! For our first Clan War, I am hoping for a quick decisive victory and a ton of loot for my fellow clan mates. Whatever the out turns out to be, I’ll be sure to do a follow up post.

Thanks in advance for shedding some light into Clan Wars. the Cali Dragoons clan is thankful.


Hello World!

The title should actually read “Hello 2014!”. Can’t believe that January is almost over and that this is my first post of the year. For 2014 I was really hoping to be more active on this blog. Still am.

Anyway, I am excited since I uploaded my first mtb video!

In the past I’ve recorded a few rides but those were my first going mtb and they just seemed a little dull. The video that was uploaded is nothing fancy; edited with Youtube’s editor and using Youtube’s music. However I’m just happy that I was able to accomplish a simple post to my Youtube channel that also motivated me to do a blog post about it.

Here’s the video below:

This was the first time at Joaquin Miller Park  for my brother, so we took it easy. JMP is  a hidden gem in the hills of Oakland. The trails are short, fun, and a little challenging. Since I’m still honing my skills, this park seems like it’s the perfect skill level for me.

If you have any questions about the park, what I’m riding, my gear, why the sky is blue, or have suggestions, or anything just ping me.

Cheers and ride safe for you folks on two wheels (thats both motos and pedal power).


Well, it appears that I am making some progress with html.

Early this year my brother and I obtained the domain michaelmatthewdesign.com where the site appeared like the image below until last night.

Under Construction

Michael Matthew Design: Under Construction

Last night I spent a few hours getting Michael Matthew Design on its feet. The work done on MMD is nothing to brag about, the site now has some text and an image on it. What I am celebrating however is the fact that, after having the site for nearly a year, we finally have content on the site! Not much but some. It’s a start.

There are a ton of templates that I could had used for putting the site together, which would had made my life easier, but I decided to use my new basic knowledge of HTML and put it to use. Future plans to MMD includes: more quality content, images, portfolio work, a questionnaire form, better fix sized control, and a more sophisticated look that doesn’t scream “basic”.

Hopefully I’ll have some time this weekend to touch up the site, if not I know that it will not take a better part of 2014 to touch the site again. And hopefully by spring, MMD will look presentable that the site will do it’s job and lure clients in for work. Check out Michael Matthew Design, it’ll only take 30 seconds, and let me know what you think about the site so far.

Michael Matthew Design


Merry Christmas!

Christmas with the Russell's

Merry Christmas from Santa Barbara!

Hi all!

For those of you that don’t know, I am spending this year’s holiday season in SoCal with the first trip of the leg in Santa Barbara and the second half in San Diego. Before opening into some presents I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Teaching Myself New Tricks

Don’t know if it’s my bipolar disorder that has my mind wandering or not, but I decided to get myself better acquainted with HTML/XHTML/CSS. Sigh….

Well I’m burning through HTML & CSS – Design And Build Website since I do know a bit of HTML, not a lot and not very proficient at HTML, but enough to go through the book fairly quickly. The problem with self taught books and online classes is that I never really apply what I learn to real life projects. This time around I’ll try and make a website from scratch, just hope that the site doesn’t end up looking like a Geocities website from the 90′s.

Come back by the end of the year and see whether I made a new site or lost interest in HTML.

P.S. In case you decide not to come back to my blog, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


I’m not going to lie and write that I’ve been busy with work and projects as the reason why I haven’t posted anything new on this blog. I just have been busy. Wait, I just wrote that I wouldn’t write that but I just did. Well I have been busy, just not productive.

Right before my birthday (which is in September for those wanting to steal my identity) I discovered mountain biking. Actually it is more like rediscovered mountain biking (mtb). When I was small and 100 pounds lighter, I went on a few mtb trips to Lake Chabot but never really got into mtbing. Playing Gran Turismo peaked my interest more than going out and climbing 800 ft of elevation in the heat. Somehow I got hit with the mtb bug, and that bug has hit me hard.

Why has the mtb bug hit me so hard?

Maybe because I’m having a second round of mid life crisis. No, I am having my second mid life crisis. All of a sudden there is a need to feel alive by feeling physical exhaustion, pain, soreness, and fear. All that physical abuse and negativity reminds me that there is more to life than grinding the working man’s nightmare, that I need to go out there and live! There wont always be a tomorrow so I need to go out there and seize the moment! And for now that moment is mtbing.

Some may view mtbing as an easy task enjoying scenic views and riding through gorgeous forest and parks (which is not a fault) but for myself it is challenging oneself: pedaling up 100′s of feet, staring down a rocky path, overcoming obstacles,and letting go of the brakes to ride down a dirt path over 25 miles per hour.

So even though I haven’t been busy (productive) with: projects, designs, looking for a new job, vlogging, etc. I have been feeling more alive, am lot happier, and less stress. Did I mention that I am also ten pounds lighter, eating healthier, and in better shape? Well I am :)

Here are some Instagram pics from a few of my rides. In the future there will be some videos. Enjoy.

On the #SinawikTrail

At #LakeChabot before my chain broke.

A #Quick and #EarlyRide before I start my #Grind

Catching the #Sunset

7.4 mile #mtb ride at #LakeChabot done!

#mtb at #JaquinMillerPark

Having a #CaseOfTheMondays :)

Now to figure out how to have my girlfriend go on more rides with me :)


Full disclaimer. Even though my life isn’t perfect, I do appreciate what I have: friends, family, girlfriend, job, and life. 

Vlog Post 006: Fantasy Football

We are less than a week away till the NFL regular season is here! With that said, do you have your fantasy football team drafted and ready?!?

In my latest vlog post I talk about this year’s draft for my league: how I am unprepared for the draft,  who I drafted, why drafted certain players, and my overall thoughts and feelings of my drafted team.

This year, Yahoo Sports grades how well you did on your draft. I believe the draft grade is something new for Yahoo since I don’t recall being graded last year. Anyway, my grade for this year’s draft is a D. Ouch.

My Draft Report Card from Yahoo

The report card also includes several graphs that illustrate strength of schedule per week, the ADP (Average Draft Position ranking where a player would get drafted) of my pick per round, players points by bye week, and average points by position versus the league.

Graphs that help you understand why I was graded a D for my draft.

Do you like criticism, especially on how well you think your draft went?  Well the report card does that, it criticizes your top 5 picks, whether your decision to pick that player was good or bad.

Getting some healthy criticism from a bot

Well, here’s my team: The Vermillion Group. Kinda hard to tell how good (or bad) this group is when you can’t see my competition and their team. And to be honest I can’t blame Yahoo for giving me a D when I drafted an unknown rookie tight end, by the name of Zach Sudfeld, in the 10th round before drafting a QB. Eh…

The Vermillion Group

P.S. If any of you are looking for a fantasy football league to join, I got a friendly fantasy football league with a little money involved, $20. With money involved, people play with a bit more seriousness, creating a funner experience.

If you’re interested, click on this link: http://y.ahoo.it/zmzpB8Ao

And if you know anyone that would like to join, feel free to invite them.


Yahoo Fantasy Football League: Thread Lightly

Unboxing: Vivitar 1250 Tripod

My first unboxing vlog post on my Youtube channel where I unbox a tripod that I picked up from Amazon, a Vivitar 1250 Tripod. Shot with my GoPro that I mounted on my bike pump since I didn’t have a tripod at the time. I do go off tangent a bit here and there, sorry. Let me know what you folks think about this video.