Pokémon Fakes Archive: Malamar

90 HP
Stage 1
Weakness (F)
Resistance none
Retreat cost (C)

(D)(C) – Commit – 20
Do damge to one of your benched Pokémon (you choose the amount). During your opponent’s next turn, if one of his/her Pokémon does more damage than that amount, your opponent’s Pokémon becomes confused. If one of his/her Pokémon does less damage than that amount, discard 3 cards from the top of your opponent’s deck.

(P)(C) – Night Slash – 40
If you used this attack last turn, this attack does 70 damage instead

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Zygarde

110 HP
Weakness (N)
Resistance (L)
Retreat cost (C)(C)

(F)(C) – Ownership – 60
Flip a coin. If heads, during your opponent’s next turn, prevent all effects of attack done to this Pokémon by Pokémon aren’t evolved.

(C)(C)(C) – Stream – 70
The next time a player draws a prize, he/she must put 2 damage counters on one of his/her Pokémon.

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Aurorus

80 HP
Stage 1
Weakness (G)
Resistance none
Retreat cost (C)

Ability – Moving Problem
Increase the retreat cost of all (F) Pokémon by 1 for each energy attached to this Pokémon.

(F)(C) – Weathering – 50
You can’t play any Items or Supporters during your next turn.

(C)(C)(C) – Materialize
You may do 60 damage to the defending Pokémon or you may discard 2 cards from the top of your opponent’s deck and do 40 damage to a benched Pokémon.
You can’t play any Items or Supporters during your next turn.

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Amaura

50 HP
Weakness (F)
Resistance none
Retreat cost (C)

(F) – Heighten
Does 10 damage to one of your opponent’s benched Pokémon.

(C)(C) – Cramp – 20
This attack does 10 damage to one of your benched Pokémon. Flip a coin. If heads switch your opponent’s active Pokémon with one of his/her benched Pokémon.

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Heliolisk

90 HP
Stage 1
Weakness (F)
Resistance none
Retreat cost (C)(C)

(C) – Advanced Lightning Beam
Does “2X^2” damage (rounded to the nearest 10). “X” is the number of cards attached to this Pokémon.

(C)(C) – Set Up – 60
Flip a coin. If heads, your opponent may put a card from his/her discard pile into his/her hand.

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Unmatched Mercy

Unmatched Mercy

If you have less than 2 Pokémon in play, you can’t play this card.
Put one damage counter on any of your Pokémon. Choose another Pokémon you have in play. Discard all cards attached to it. Put the highest stage of that Pokémon face-down into your prizes. Draw a prize.

Semi-Positive Customer Experience With Bitcoin Retailer

I made a purchase from major online retailer that recently started accepting Bitcoin, TigerDirect, just to show them my support, to speed up Bitcoin adoption.

I bought a couple of items from them on January 24th. I paid with Bitcoin. I then received an email confirming that the order was complete and that the items were shipped.

On January 30th, I received a document in the mail, asking that I pay TigerDirect with dollars. They already have my Bitcoin. I paid them already.

Make me pay twice, no don't think so!

I sent them an email yesterday:

Hi just want you to know that some people might be getting invoices for payments that were already made.
I bought items ***, ***, and *** and I paid with Bitcoin. The order number is ***.
Yesterday, I received an invoice in the mail in DOLLARS for products that I already purchased with BITCOIN.

Congrats on joining the Bitcoin economy. I look forward to seeing people getting all the kinks worked out.

Just today, they sent me an email:

Dear Valued Customer:
Thank you for your order.
We apologize for the inconvenience.

We understand your concern that you got the payment invoice for Bitcoin. Please disregard the notice you received because this information has been forwarded already to our management. If you have paid twice or charged double, please contact Bitcoin for refund at 855-424-8729 for your convenience.

Thank you for visiting our website. We appreciate your business. If you have further inquiries and reply to this email, please make sure to include your entire message, so we can address it appropriately. Please feel free to contact me at the phone number below should you require any further assistance.

TigerDirect.com Customer Advocate

Now, I gotta say, the phrase “please contact Bitcoin” makes no sense at all, but hey, whatever, I’m not paying TigerDirect twice and they acknowledge this, so I’m good!

Keep businesses in line. Some are good at responding to customer requests, concerns, and complaints. Some are not. Bitcoin-accepting businesses being honest and efficient is good for Bitcoin’s image. Thanks for staying honest, TigerDirect!

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Tyrantrum

120 HP
Stage 1
Weakness (W)
Resistance (L)
Reatreat cost (C)(C)

(F)(F) – Bring Back – 20
Put a Pokémon from your discard pile on top of your deck.

(C)(C)(C) – Agency – 60

(F)(F)(C) – Crush
Flip 4 coins. This attack does 30 damage times the number of heads.

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Tyrunt

70 HP
Weakness (W)
Resistance (L)
Retreat cost (C)

(F) – Collect
Flip a coin. If heads, draw a card. If tails, discard a card from your opponent’s hand.

(F)(C) – Slam – 10
Flip a coin. If heads, the defending Pokémon is paralyzed.

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Giovanni’s Mewtwo

Giovanni’s Mewtwo
60 HP
Weakness none
Resistance none
Retreat cost (C)(C)(C)

Pokémon Power – Prescribe
Once during your turn, all cards from discard piles with “Rocket” or “Fossil” in their names may be shuffled into their respective decks.

(P) – Revive
Does 40 damage for every card in play with “Fossil” in its name.

(P)(C) – Origin
Reveal your hand. For every card in your hand and every card you have in play with “Mew” in its name, you may remove 2 damage coutners from any Pokémon.

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Fossil Back Street

Fossil Back Street
Once during your turn, you may reveal your hand. If you have any cards in your hand with “Fossil” in their name, you may do one of the following:
1. Search your deck for a Pokémon with 90 HP or more.
2. Remove a damage counter from one of your Pokémon.
3. Put one damage counter on all Pokémon.

Drawing In Media Attention to Bitcoin

I am participating in a competition called Bitcoin Weight Loss Challenge 2014. 11 Bitcoin enthusiasts have signed up to see who can lose the most weight, by percent, over the course of 12 weeks.
The prize pool is distributed to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, with a sizable portion of the pool also going to charities that accept Bitcoin.

The contest started on Jan 20th, and, as of the first week 61, pounds total were lost. With 11 participants, that’s an average of 5.55 pounds per person.

Good things about this contest, from my perspective:

  • Weight loss is something that the average person can comprehend. I’m hoping this will get people interested in alternative currencies.
  • This contest is just one more effort to get people to associate the word “charity” with the word “Bitcoin”. And, by proxy, it also highlights the need to get more charities to accept currencies like Bitcoin or create new ones. As a wise Bitcoiner once said, “Support Bitcoin charities. When a legislator runs out against the campaign that says, ‘If you kill Bitcoin, these kids starve, this puppy goes to a kill shelter, and this bear in China doesn’t have a future and goes extinct,’ that’s a much better message than, ‘Bob the Speculator won’t make enough money.’ Invest in charities, because that enhances the concept of Bitcoin’s neutrality, and makes it concrete.”

I am enjoying myself. My opponents are quite enthusiastic, and it’s a nice thing to have.


Pokémon Fakes Archive: Doublade

70 HP
Stage 1
Weakness (D)
Resistance (P)
Retreat cost none

(M) – Transitional Phase – 20
Flip a coin. If heads, prevent all damage done to this Pokémon next turn. This Pokémon is now confused.

(M)(C) – Flowing – 20
If there are no benched Pokémon in play with 50 HP or more, this attack does nothing. Put 4 damage counters on any benched Pokémon. You can’t knock out a Pokémon with this effect.

Pokémon Fakes Archive: Honedge

40 HP
Weakness (D)
Resistance (P)
Retreat cost none

Ability – Trail of Color
Flip a coin. If heads, discard an energy card attached to one of your Pokémon. Put 2 damage counters on all Pokémon in play that are the same type as that energy.

(M) – Clockwork – 20