Monday, December 31, 2012

(Overdue) Farewell

Something I've wanted to say or explain for a long, long time...  You guys, the Wizard101 Community, mean a lot to me, and it has been a lengthy struggle ever since the beginning of the year.  While my unexplained absence may have seemed inconsiderate or rude, my silence and suppression was more than necessary to uphold the peace of the community.  As a Community Leader, the effect of my voice had implied consequences.  

I made many promises to myself and others to bring closure to my Wizarding status earlier, but there have been titanic obstacles along the way.  Until now, I have found peace and happiness once again.  I will be able to pop in and out of the Spiral every now and then, but my retirement is necessary in PVP and as a Community Leader, for the sake of maintaining harmony within Wizard101.  There's only so much that I can explain without explaining, and this video is the best I can give.

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Pictures/Videos in order of appearance:

1.  Standing in front of Briskbreeze Tower
2.  On my Bengal Tiger, overlooking my Obstacle Course in the Ice House
3.  Reunion of close friends, in Colossus Boulevard
4.  Victory picture of my first Warehouse completion, with John Lifeglen, Fallon, and Taryn WillowGrove
5.  @DragonBrightWiz's rendition of me as a sea cucumber
6.  My chessboard creation in my Howling Fjord home
7.  My first mob battle in Celestia
8.  Potentially the last moment my good friend Cheryl Fire and I spent together at my Ice Home
9.  Mistblood posing for his banner picture shoot
10-12.  Ravenwood Radio After-Party celebration
13.  Using Floating techniques and Portals, I compiled a "Wizard101 community"
14.  Posing in Dragonspyre with Ronan Dawn, Cheryl Fire, and Allan Spiritrider
15.  Posing in front of the Frost Giant statue in my Ice Home
16.  Cartoon rendering of TPC, drawn by Alric Ravensinger
17.  My Tauren Druid standing in Orgrimmar in World of Warcraft
18.  The day before Celestia's release, posing with Ronan Dawn, "Missy", and Cassandra Dragonheart
19.  Snapshot of one of the most epic plays we (TPC) pulled off at the last minute
20.  Transformed gathering of friends in the Arena Lobby
21.  Venturing around in a hidden area within Krokotopia (requires glitching to enter)
22.  Posing with my team in the Arena Lobby
23.  Cartoon rendering of TPC, drawn by JuneAndAlyssa of
24.  Posing for the Petnome Project banner with (then) teammates Heather Raven, Miguel Wildthorn, Sierra Starsong, and Kestrel Shadowthistle
25.  Glitched names in a mob battle within Avalon
26.  Gathering with KingsIsle and random players for a screenshot for their website
27.  Petnome Project advertisement for YouTube and blog
28.  Unedited screenshot for Petnome Project advertisement
29 & 40.  Posing with the Petnome Team at the Sultan's Palace waterfall
30.  Cartoon rendering of me as the Petnome Team lead, drawn by Alric Ravensinger
31.  Posing with Ronan Dawn in our successful two-man completion of Briskbreeze Tower (pre-Celestia)
32.  Glitch-designed car crash in my Massive Fantasy Palace
33.  Snapshot of my glitch-designed garden in my Island Getaway
34.  In my energy-suit, in my Celestial Observatory
35.  Transformed into an elephant in Zafaria
36.  Glitch-designed scene with Paige Moonshade, in my Celestial Observatory
37.  Post-PVP battle dance celebration
38.  Posing with Thomas Lionblood (The Friendly Necromancer) after a completion of Big Ben
39.  An intro clip for TPC's PVP series
41.  Posing with the Petnome Team inside the Sultan's Palace, with a flock of pets
42.  Posing with the Petnome Team inside Heather Raven's Japan-inspired home
43.  Ian Emerald (KingsIsle Staff Member) and I hanging in Mooshu, discussing an invisible glitch I discovered
44.  My low level alt with two peculiar people in costumes
45 & 49.  3rd Ravenwood Ball party
46.  Kathryn Lifetamer giving me a detailed tour of her Life Home
47.  Cassandra Hexthorn and I questing in Zafaria, in the Elephant Graveyard
48.  Posing with Jordan Seadreamer and Donna Spellthorn in Hexy's Sultan Palace
50.  Storm Wizard alt's gardening design in his Island Getaway
51.  Lucky drop of Fire Amulet from the Helephant Tower, with Hexy, Ronan Dawn, and Morgan Unicorntamer
52.  Gardening design with large plots in my Howling Fjord
53.  Landscape view of Hexthorn's Massive Fantasy Palace Arena Design
54.  Landscape view of Christina Icedreamer's Massive Fantasy Palace's extra island
55.  Screenshot of a riding glitch in WoW
56.  Sky full of World PVPers in WoW
57.  Black Temple guild screenshot in WoW
58.  My final PVP match of 2012 on December 30 against viewer Wolf Moonleaf

Friday, March 9, 2012

Privileges Versus Rights

One summer Saturday, a few years ago, a buddy of mine, named Joe, and I were hanging out, spending a day together bowling, talking about our high school band days, and our current directions in life.  The original plan was to hang out in the day time and later depart in the evening, but we were having so much fun that we decided to extend our small reunion.  Having done almost "everything" else in the city between the time of this day and back when we were Juniors and Seniors, we decided to try something outside of our scope of fun.

Joe and I aren't clubbers or urban-nightlife type of people (yes, even, despite my experience with glowsticking; I actually practice just for fun, but don't venture to raves that often).  We were your average college guys that strayed away from doing anything too mainstream.  But, because of other businesses closing up for the night, we agreed to check out a dance and bar venue nearby.

As we approached the club, a bouncer gave us a quick up-and-down look and shook his head, stating, "Sorry, no shorts allowed, and you need some shoes" (I was wearing sandals at the time).  We weren't permitted to step beyond him, and had no idea what theme or event they had going on that night.  So, we said our "thanks," and drove off to play some billiards.

Now, let's take a step back and ask some questions about this scenario.  Because I drove a long way just to arrive at the club, I at least deserved some fun, or a few minutes just to take a peek inside regardless of the dress code, right?  Heck, gas isn't inexpensive.

Am I allowed, then, to claim that the bouncer denied me my natural rights to have fun, and my rights to be myself?  I mean, it's just not me to glamour myself up with spiked and gelled hair, cologne, an open collared shirt and dress pants (unless the occasion calls for it) just to dance and socialize.  This bouncer, in my theoretical opinion, violated my rights to enjoy the party...right?

No, he didn't.  He is only doing his job to ensure that the club's environment stays in tact, that if a dress code is present, then all participants must follow those rules per its culture.  Maybe some people don't want to see casually dressed college people crash their sophisticated environment, but it doesn't necessarily imply that they don't want Kevin and Joe at the event.  In fact, the bouncer just gave us a hint to what we need in order to enter -- he didn't tell us "sorry, we don't want you here."  There was nothing personal in this meeting.

Let's say that I don't understand that concept that there's nothing personal.  Let's say that I feel like he did deny me entrance because of who I am, and that I'm stuck on the idea that he took away my rights.  This bouncer doesn't know anything about me, and I (theoretically) work 7 days a week at the soup kitchen, distributing food to the underprivileged.  I (theoretically) tutor homeless students, work at the YMCA, etc. etc.  I've (theoretically) done all these great things for humanity.  Is it okay for me to strike up a public rally against this certain bouncer?  Certainly not.

First, I should have talked to management -- this bouncer is not laying out the rules, but he is enforcing them.  I mean, who would want a bodyguard who doesn't do their job?  He does what he does because it's his duty and his implied nature.  He isn't a rude, unreasonable draconian.  For all I know, this man could have also been a Boys&Girls Club volunteer or mentor who has a side job at this bar.  Thus, given that he is not management, I should not be focused on convincing him to let me in, but I should take my concerns to the overall organization.  I am sure that he would be happy to allow me in if it wasn't a formal night.  There is no sense in reaching out to the other people in line and asking them to verbally shoot down this specific bouncer for not letting us have our fun or be ourselves.

Second, if management finalizes a decision that parallels the bouncer's (i.e. declining me access until I put on the right clothes), is it time to spark up a movement?  No, of course not...  I cannot conclude that it's personal on these bases.  I can't say they're specifically denying Kevin and Joe because we're Kevin and Joe...unless there's a contradiction.  That is, are there common exceptions?

My next direction for research should be looking for inconsistencies.  In other words, have they allowed ANYONE with shorts (or no shoes) in, ever?  Does this rule apply to everyone, too?  Until there is a concrete, solid example of a random stranger with shorts and sandals allowed into the club, I cannot say the bouncer did this to me because it's me; I cannot say he took away my rights.

Rights and privileges are two different things, by the way.  Rights are something that you are born with, but are not always specifically written down (they're written down when there are people who don't use common sense, or want to take advantage of humanity).  I have a right to the freedom of speech, freedom of privacy, and freedom to protect myself.  These rights exist so that no one can randomly or spontaneously violate you.  This implies that you are doing nothing, that the situation for these rights to exist is when you are a passive, static target (in other words, when you did not make any decisions to led to this event).

However, there are some limitations to these rights when you participate in anything social, when you make a conscious decision to take part in a gathering or perform an action.  Limited rights include privileges.  When you want to do something, you actually have to give up some rights if it is necessary to protect the rights of others.  For example, you can't take sharp utensils when you want to fly, for safety purposes.  You can't yell "bomb" in a crowded stadium, even if there isn't one to begin with.  If you create a disturbance, you are then throwing away your privileges in effect, such as the privilege to live in a home versus a cell, or the privilege to fly.

Thus, I do have the right to have fun (I can have fun elsewhere), just not at the club.  The bouncer didn't chain me up and say I wasn't allowed to do anything that night (THAT would be a violation of my rights, then, because it would affect me even if I didn't make a decision at all).  If I want to take part at this event, I have to abide by a rule that everyone else is following, or else lose the privilege to have fun at the club.  Debating the issue would probably deny me access for the rest of the night, or maybe a temporary lockup when they call the cops for "disturbance of the peace."

This entire concept applies everywhere.

Yes, it applies to the Spiral.  I'm talking to those people out there who argue that "cursing" is a natural right to have in Wizard101.  Just like people of the club scene, players of this game do not want an environment of hostility or discomfort, hence the Report button.  If someone is acting against the Terms of Use (which is the contract every player automatically signs when they sign up for an account), there is no need to feel shamed or discouraged to flag them for KingsIsle's review; you are only doing your job as a community member to keeping the Spiral a safe and fun place.

Yes, it applies to game contests.  When you fail to follow the rules or directions, you lost your privilege to have a chance at winning; you weren't denied "rights" for making a mistake (again, you had the chance to enter, you made the decision to, and you are then subject and responsible to following the rules; when you break them, you lose the chance; i.e. you were not denied them in the first place).

It certainly applies to social gatherings, as I mentioned a bit ago.  You still have the right to not conform, and the right to be yourself, but remember, by keeping or holding onto certain rights that others give up for the sake of allowing the convention to exist in presence AND in essence, you are giving up your privilege to be at the meeting in spite of your desires and preferences.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Beyond the Spiral: Ironic Truth

**Note:  This is not meant to be a motivational speech or a speech or soapbox or anything of that nature.  This is simply a sharing of my perspective and my understanding, and I expect that there will be disagreements as well as concurring opinions.  This is also meant to help anyone out there who is lost in a fog of their own thoughts...

Haters are the creatures created from jealousy.  When people see something they don’t have -- but want, desire, and need *just* for themselves (i.e. no one else "should" have it, or that some people [like themselves] are entitled to it while others aren't) -- they will channel all their energy into destructive behavior like name-calling, bashing, and trolling.  This happens especially when they simply cannot imagine or perceive any alternative methods to obtaining their goal, other than (attempted) intimidation or aggression.  Because they cannot attack the truth directly (or what appears to be the truth, for that matter), and because they hope to avoid humiliating themselves via contradiction, they will attack you personally, whether it's your race or how you look, or who you are and what you do in your private life.  Haters live not off of oxygen and water, but off of their (false) sense of superiority.  They have to quantify, rate, measure, and rank everything around them in order to feel satisfied that they are nowhere near "the bottom", and will try to use the numbers to convince themselves (if not others) that they are at the top.

On the other hand, winners are created from understanding and maturity.  They know they will never have everything they want (life is not meant to be perfect or fair), but they also realize that trying to possess only what they see in front of them is a deterrent to their true potential.  There does not exist a "bar" for the winners, but that does not mean that they continually ascend and leave others behind them.  In fact, winners are also created from inspiration, one of the few gifts that can keep on giving.  Winners channel their energy into positive motivation and affect others (constructively) around them, developing others like them for whatever paths they choose.

Winners can fail or lose, nevertheless, because that’s the first part of the entire process called “success.”  What they must understand though, to stay winners, is that success AND failure are not permanent.  The cliche "winners never quit" could never be truer in this context.  Once one sets a landmark or a stopping point for their own path, someone else will surpass them (especially if everyone is growing together).  There is no ceiling or floor for these types of people.

Haters, on the other hand, believe that what they have should be the standard, and that no one else may ascend further.  They are the ones who cannot comprehend or believe that anyone else can surpass their "bar," and that anyone who does so MUST be deceitful or hiding something.

Yet, haters are the ones who are actually “unleashed potential.”  This phrase is treated in a light, positive manner because, as the saying goes, "Haters gon'[na] hate."  Going back to the "bar":  haters have yet to fully develop because of that measurement or that mark they place upon themselves as well as others.  The fact that a ceiling exists anywhere in their perspective shows that they are also stunted in effect.  Thus, this implies that they have a chance to outgrow their immaturity.  Everyone (yes, including trolls) has the ability to improve, whether it be their selves or their understanding of the world they live in.  Certain people are less mature, but it does not mean they are completely lost causes; we all grow at different rates, after all.

Indirectly defined: hating on the haters only prevents everyone from advancing.  I admit that I was at fault at some point (hating the haters), but as I said, we all have room to grow and realize faults such as this.  Worrying about trolls or attackers only creates an unnecessary and temporary burden that pervasively invades my happiness.  That said, I simply wish everyone the best in life, even if you don't reciprocate.  Peace~

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

TOOT (Reflection, Two Oh One Two)

Hey all,

This is two entire months late (I know, I know...), but I've never really had much time to be able to sit down for a couple of hours and just think.  I've been out of touch with the Spiral while trying to settle down into five, upper-division college classes, and meet their barrage of demands made up of homework, familiarizing myself with the electronic bulletin board system, and adapting to a heavier workload.  The good news is...I'm actually ahead of the schedule, this time.  This is going to be an extremely long and personal blog post, but then again, it is about 11 weeks' worth of contemplation and news (the first part is just an update, the rest is not for the faint of mind):

I hope you've had a FANTASTIC New Year's, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Winter Vacation, and/or Time Off Work!  I had an amazing time with the family as we headed out on a "solo run" (without extended family, which we haven't done for years) on Christmas to a casino that was hosting a LOBSTER BUFFET.  That dinner certainly blew my mind, considering I've never liked lobster...but the way they cooked theirs, I loved it!  No gifts this year, but that's almost a lie; that quality time with my parents and little sister was more than I could ask for.  We've had some ups and downs throughout history, so it dawned on me how lucky we were just to be able to see and laugh with one another.  Those Christmas movies I watched as a young'un are starting to seep into the heart and make some sense.  Ah, the magic of time...

Speaking of quality time, Hexythorn also visited me, and we had a wonderful week and a half together: driving up and down the state, getting her acquainted with my family (extended and immediate), and venturing to my favorite places in Northern California.  She's actually fond of the things my family and I eat (oh, how I've taken the food for granted...and still do!) and from what I last heard, is now loving Pho tremendously.  She also misses rice.  That's something I'll never understand, since I'm very westernized (yay burgers and pizza and lasagna and Mexican food!)  Alyssa played her first casino game over here, and was very quick to understand the strategies of video poker (it greatly differs from regular Poker in the sense of probabilities and randomization).  We also had the opportunity to introduce my family to their first perogies, too; my parents decided to stick with their baby octopi, while my sister, "T", Alyssa, and I helped ourselves to some extras.  (Behind the scenes note: while making them, Alyssa thought the Polish dumplings would end up as an epic fail due to the unnaturally sticky texture of the dough...but, we managed!)

Throughout the visit, we've grown and bonded, and established that we indeed can continue this LDR.  Realistically, connections in this nature tend to be fragile, but with trust and open communication, it's possible to hold onto with unquestioning determination.  Anyway, if you're interested for whatever reason, more details can be found over at IceeHawt101 on YouTube, our collection of videos of our little conventions.

In addition to the beginning of the new year, my PVP team Perfect Catch and I ventured through the Arena, but not as much as before.  My class schedule and the ladies' sleep times have conflicted to a point where the only available time to do anything is over the weekend.  Sadly, such a period is only 2.5 days long.  Nevertheless, we are still evolving and developing as a team, and admittedly, our obstacles have grown, since more and more YouTube viewers (and players) are becoming familiar with our playstyle.  Some viewers have asked why we allow others to look at how we play from such a close proximity; the answer is that PVP at a team-scale is a difficult dance to "teach" step-by-step.

In 1v1, the mental flowchart that plays out in our heads is purely conditional upon the past 2-5 turns and anticipated 3 steps thereafter.  In other words, it's almost organized in how you analyze your and your opponent's health, pips, and mobility, and is almost repetitive to a point where guides for deck building can be created for specific situations and counters.  In 4v4, almost anything can happen, and it becomes a messy battle of psychology, where flowcharts will have flowcharts of their own.  Not every situation repeats itself, and not everyone is comfortable with either working with each other or with their current deck build.  Thus, even general guides can look extremely situational and almost "over the top" to someone in the hot seat.  In that situation, duelists should be paying attention to the current stats, and analyzing what they need to do, opposed to recalling someone else's past advice.  Thus, not too much is being compromised...and besides, we have fun developing new and surprising tactics now and then.

This semester is just the first of a long series that I want to take seriously.  "Seriously" meaning getting at least a 95% in every class...meaning I'm doing the reading before they're even assigned, or working out math theorems before given a lecture on it.  It's a huge part of advancing and developing yourself in life: going above and beyond.  Never settle for "what you already have..."  This is an especially important mindset, considering that we tend to think 90% or 80% or sometimes 70% of something is satisfactory.

There's more to college or higher education than just "fulfilling requirements."  It's about becoming a better human being, becoming enlightened.  Yes, homework is stressful and boring and mundane, but everything you acquire through life are building blocks to what you'll become one day...I promise.  Yes, even that Calculus class will count.  (My boss mentioned how he thought it was useless in the field he was going into, which was government administration; he admitted he was dead wrong).

Back then, I looked towards my courses as I would a job: something you "have" to do.  I didn't see a point in reading the assigned pages (especially when the professors would contribute the most to the discussions and lectures), or studying with devotion (this was actually due to my characteristic of being a "sponge," as my Calc teacher put it)...  I just went with the flow.  Steadily, I made less effort over time.

I can't quite remember when or where it happened, but during a point of where I was gaming professionally, I realized I had strayed too far from where I needed to be.  I wasn't productive or contributing anything to society, other than a little math tutoring.  This was awhile before I came to the Kevin you know now was completely different back then.  You might have called me a pessimist, or rigid.  In high school, I participated for about a month as a peer counselor.  Hearing about drama and tragic life problems made me feel that we're all independent, struggling to survive at another being's expense.  "Community" was just a word to me where society expects something from you, and that you're obligated to do said "something."

Over the years, as I completed my course requirements for college, I noticed that what I perceived about the word "community" was totally misinformed.  During my self-development, I picked up a job with the state, and completed a surplus of college classes (from personal motivation, not through anyone else's demands or advice).  I began to appreciate more and more of what I was absorbing intellectually and academically, and felt a greater need to give a little something back when I saw the intrinsic beauty of human nature that we seldom see or recognize.

The whole point of sharing this is my indirect way of testifying that education, no matter what level, is more than what we perceive or think it is.  The people of older generations are helping us from repeating their mistakes, and they've become much more successful at doing so as our technology (and spread of information) grows.  The awesome thing that sets humans apart from other creatures is our ability to problem solve, remember, and philosophize (asking the questions about life, trying to determine meaning for ourselves opposed to mechanically following authorities' directions).  The more people that are involved in higher learning, the more useful wisdom they can pass down, especially when the preceding generation has over-analyzed and dissected their issues just like we are (and will keep doing).

"Humans are not perfect" may be the cliche saying, but what makes us awesome is not using the statement as an excuse to not become better or not improve.  Growth and development is exciting, to me; I mean, consider how we have automobiles instead of riding to work on a horse, or how we can communicate with each other with a few simple clicks of the button on a smart phone, or how we can share inspiring art without requiring transportation or manual delivery.  We really have it very easy, and it's only going to become easier...  But, this is not true for everyone.

Older generations, as we can observe, tend to have more difficulty utilizing the tools that make our lives easier today.  They either feel there's no need to do something different than what they're used to over a series of decades, or they lack the confidence and motivation to learn.  Every time a co-worker of mine calls me over to teach her something on Microsoft Office, I tend to have a voice in the back of my head that wonders if I'll ever be like this some day.  It's kind of scary, to be honest.  And, every time she thanks me, but fails to conceptualize or want to "learn how to fish" as the saying goes, I feel a little broken inside in addition to that worry.  I suppose that as I grow older and accumulate more and more knowledge, I'll end up seeing an overload of information, and perhaps succumb to the same habit of not wanting to learn anything new.  (I really hope it doesn't come to that, but I remind myself it's entirely possible.)  But, I digress...

Thus, learning really is about survival as a whole race, not just individually.  Mistakes happen globally and universally, and while most readers out there are too young to really worry about this now, my contemporaries and elders can empathize with the importance of opening one's mind and sharing/teaching.  Teachers have become the ultimate heroes of this Information Age as they debunk myths, brave the unknown, experiment with the undiscovered, and dive into the dark truths of the world.  In the end, they shape their students for living better lives so these newly educated can establish even better lives for their children, and so on.  If we appreciate the services we have today, like Twitter, Google, the automobile, smart phones, computers, and airplanes, then we need to take up that responsibility of loving and taking advantage of knowledge, and hope our descendants can carry out and handle the same passion.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What If...?: Survivor Mode

Happy Holidays, all!  Now that I'm done with finals and picking out my new classes for the Spring at the University, I'm ready to return to Wizard101-based activities!  I'll admit I've also been looking into a new game recently...which I'll have to share more about next time; it's called Cardmon Hero.

There was an exciting instance/dungeon in this game (one of many, actually) that required a different technique than the ones I used from Level 1 through 20.  Instead of standing around and casting spells like in most MMO-grinders, a solo player in Cardmon is required to run around this specific boss, because his hundred minions are all chasing you at the same time.  If I stood in one spot, they'd surround me, and I'd be taking 100 hits per second...  Ouch!  Thus, to combat from being surrounded (and to finish the instance in the time limit they allowed me), I had to summon my own minions and run circles around the mob, avoiding their attacks while letting my creatures knock them out one-by-one.  My creatures also had to stay within a certain range of me, or else they'd stop attacking; hence the circular path.  Slowly, the enemies diminished, and I could resume a stationary position to take out the boss next.

Having run around nearly 30 or 40 times, an idea sparked for me for Wizard101.  What if we had something similar to what other games call a "Survivor Mode"?  Now, the thought of a tower comes to mind, where you must extinguish a set number of monsters before you arrive at the boss (without the ability to freely refill potions and return to the instance).  That can be considered a type of "Survivor" style, but what I'm looking for is one that's a little more restrictive.  In other words, how about a battle that doesn't end until you slay a certain amount of creatures and a boss before you receive its rewards?

Imagine an old scroll unrolling to reveal a number in Shermlock font (bright red), indicating the number of Wooden Golems that must be destroyed before an upgraded, shinier Smogger appears.  Oh, he also cheats; you're not allowed to use single-target abilities on him (that goes for attacks, utility spells, etc.)  Something of that sort.

The challenge here is that short decks (Zerg/Blitz/Rush decks), usually built for a full team of wizards to end a battle quickly and effortlessly, become obsolete along with the strategy of building up a titanic attack that destroys everything in one hit.  Survivor Mode would require full decks of heals, shields, blades, globals, and, of course, Reshuffles.  In essence, you're no longer segregating different decks for different situations (short decks for farming, specially built decks for Storm bosses, etc.), but you're building an all-in-one deck...almost like a PvP deck, I suppose.

I'm certain that this is doable by KingsIsle.  In the Trial of Spheres, Tower of the Helephant, and Briskbreeze, we see bosses summoning allies for help, either as support or as distractions.  Even if you kill the first boss in the Trial of Spheres, there's a chance his minions will show up after his death, due to a structural rule within the coding.

Thus, let's have a counter in the corner of the screen that requires you to kill 100 Golems (that's 25 strong AOEs within your team) before Smogger 2.0 shows up, and you're allowed to keep your Pips, Health, and Mana from the last turn.  Deck Status stays the same, meaning discarded or used cards remain in the discard pile until Reshuffled.

Of course, there're slight flaws with how enjoyable Survivor Mode can be:  you might run into teammates who permanently AFK the entire time, or who don't have the right deck set-ups...but these are pretty general issues that can be found anywhere else.

So, what are your ideas to add, take away, or modify this proposed "Survivor Mode"?  Or, have you thought of something similar that's different in context or content?  Let me know down below!