Matt Dubya from SMPR -First Day of Class

‘Tis be the dawn of comedy medical school. Schoolero numero uno. Heheh that sounds like that trivia guy on my phone. Y’know who, what’s his name… The one with the face…and the teeth! Heh, I can’t stand him.

This morning walk is far too pleasant. I mean, look up! Blue sky and clouds. Look down! Dirt and inedible worms. Where is the conflict? The danger? The –UH OH! FEMALES!!!

Nobody informed me there are girls at colleges! Oh but do I call them girls or women? Do I bow and let them pass or is that way too creepy? I’ll just act like a statue as they walk by.

I think that went well. Ok I take it all back! I like having no conflict! I just want to go to class, learn some good stuff, and go back to my dorm and watch anime. Nice and straightforward. Besides, I heard lots of comedy medicine involves using the KISS method – ‘keep it simple, stOOpid!’ That means I can’t overthink anything! Ever! I probably shouldn’t even think ever!

I feel so nervous now! How did I decide I wanted to be a Comedy Doctor again? I mean sure I like helping people through laughter, but who doesn’t? I remember during my interview here at MMUCMS I actually tickled the interviewer until they granted my acceptance. I figured they were laughing, so that meant I was funny! I stopped when they told me I was actually torturing them, but only after I got my acceptance letter signed and dated. Hah!

Ok self-assurance reobtained. Let’s do this!

Deck Building Tips

Geez, the animator is writing my text again! Ew he’s being so self-aware. This is why he’s such a nerd. But he drew me, so I can’t complain. Looks like, by the title of this one, he wants me to talk to you guys about Deck Building. I’m going to be a little defiant though, and talk about something a little different… Building a Team! What do you mean that’s basically the same thing?

 

Okay so when you’re building a team in this game, it’s very important to know something. You basically don’t choose the cards. The cards choose you (yes that does sound like an old ancient proverb). ANYWAY, when you first pick up the starter pack you get a bunch of cards. You’ll get rare cards, normal cards, and items!

 

If you’re lucky to get the rare card of me…. Or any card that has to do with me, instantly add me to your team. I’m awesome and everyone loves me. I swear I do good attacks, and I’m also super handsome in my cop outfit. There is also a cool card with me and Frank. That one isn’t as good, because it has Frank on it.

 

SO! You have your items, you have your characters, where do you start? So if you’re playing against someone for Glory, as stated in the manual, you’re going to want the best possible grouping ever. It may take some practice for you to find out which cards work best together, but let me give you a few heads up.

 

When you’re going against friends who know the good cards, sometimes it’s a good idea to put some weaker cards that still do damage as your front lines. This is more of a mind game to your friend, making them keep their focus on the stronger cards in the field. Have at least one weaker character with a lot of health in your hand/deck if you’re working with more than two cards. Sometimes it pays off to be sneaky! Keep that in mind.


Healers are also good to have in your hand or deck. If you can find a card to absorb health it’s good to save that card for later. This way when everyone is struggling to keep their characters alive, provided they are ending with weaker cards, you’ll be taking health and slowly draining the competition.

 

Instant card kills are recognizable! So be careful. Be very very careful! If you’ve used an instant kill card on your friend multiple times on your friends, the second they see their (probably Truman’s) face that dog is going to get massacred. If you’re trying to go strong, or are playing a game with less cards, it may be a better time to do that. REMEMBER, IF YOU REVIVE ONE OF THESE GUYS, THEY GET TO KILL AGAIN! They are crazy.

 

Strangely enough it’s also good to have area of effect cards. Even if they do damage to your own card, they can have a mean pickup game! When you’re playing against the last few cards, this can easily wipe out the remaining cards. Use it early, and its guaranteed people will get annoyed and pick a fight with you quicker.  

 

Building a deck takes a lot of patience, and it’s usually better if you know how your friend plays. If you can watch them play a game or two, and see their strategy, it’ll be easier to plan against them. See they use a lot of instant kills? Stack your deck with reroutes. See they have characters with a lot of health? Pick characters that do a lot of damage. Keep your eyes open and try to always know what’s going on. Build a deck that you know will work, characters that have a good dynamic and work well with each other. Like me and any good looking girl card in the game. Please put me in a team with Sissy…

 

PRO TIP: If you have an item that allows you attack twice, and you have someone who can double a reroute, you can flip for the reroute… and then attack him with your other card. This will allow you to spread your attack, increase its power, and send it out to other players.

 

I’m done? Oh good! I’m going to try and star in my own social media comic. I’ll see you all later!

Matt Dubya meets Snips from Beyond Average

Dear Journal,

            Today I went to get a haircut and had a really…  Well… Quirky hairdresser, to say the least…

            The fellow went by the name of “Snips,” I asked him if that was his first name or last name, to which he mentioned that was his “only name.”  After our strange introduction, I proceeded to do what every normal customer getting a haircut does: never talks, always looks down, and prays for the session to be over as soon as possible.

            Snips eyes appeared as though they were bugging out of his head, and his fashion was well…  Let’s just say it didn’t leave much to the imagination since his torso was pretty, and that’s an understatement, bare…  It reminds me of an indie holiday movie from a long time ago for some strange reason… Anyway, as Snips continued being like a meat man and butchering my hair, I noticed he used two scissors and was not holding any hair with his visible fingers like most hair stylists and barbers do.  “It looks like you’re having trouble evening out my lopsided head, maybe you should try using one scissor and your delicate, albino looking hands you got there…” I suggested nicely, to which Snips stated delicately, “I have no hands, only scissors…”

            After my head was finished being mangled, I thanked Snips for the “unique” hairdo.  He bowed, and then stuck out his hand for a tip. Whoever let this one out of the loony bin is totally a few noodles short of a pasta salad themselves!

Matt Dubya Meets Alex Pig from SMPR

Dear Journal,

 

    Today I went to a farm on a date and saw the cutest pig ever!  The owner of the farm said his name was “Alex,” to which I chuckled to myself, since human names on animals always tickled my funny bone.  My date said he looked like he would taste delicious, so I did what any good Pastafarian boy would… I told her there was a pair of Fug Boots filled with a Pumpkin Spice latte in the pig pen, to which she jumped right in and started wallowing, trying to locate these precious items.

  While she was distracted, I asked Alex Pig to run away with me, he gave me a warm nod, acknowledging that we shall be together forever.  While the owner of the farm’s back was turned, I scooped Alex in my arms, and ran away… I didn’t get far because the farmer’s wife caught me with her strong farmer hands, took Alex Pig back in one, and threw my butt out of the farm with the other.

   Since that day on, I’ve been visiting Alex Pig dressed in a sombrero and a balaclava on a regular basis.  Today was the 100th visit, and am still building my Trojan Pig to sneak Alex out in, because sweet yeezus, these farm visits are adding up!!

Tony from SMPR – First Day of Class

Alright, me! It’s day one of class. Day one…sounds so nice. It’s a new beginning with new goals. And I’m going to be one heck of a comedy doctor. I’m gonna comedy doctor so hard they’ll be laughing all the way to the blood bank! But boy oh boy, I hope I’m not in over my head with this. Studying comedy medicine is SO different from my last career, it’s gonna be a rough adjustment! Look at me…saving lives in such different ways. From busting perps on the streets with my obnoxious partner Blair to treating the sick after only these 4 years of comedy medical school…plus at least 3 more years for a residency…and up to 4 more years for a fellowship. But from there on I’m living the dream! Wait who is that up ahead? That young woman-squirrel looks just like my ex-partner Blair! Don’t tell me she’s attending MMUCMS too!? She needs to stay out of my life! Sheesh!

But anyway, It’s the education that sounds so exciting though! That means I’ll be meeting new people, hopefully making some new friends, and making the goofiest videos and skits imaginable. And my imagination goes pretty far…because I’ve seen some craaazy stuff, man.

Oh wow look at all the nervous faces! Should I be nervous? Nah, it’s too nice of a day to worry. Wow I totally forgot my roommate Matt is walking right next to me. He’s been talking to me this entire time I’ve been having this inner monologue. Uh oh, he stopped talking. Now he’s looking at me. He must want me to say or do something. I’ll just nod my head…Oh good, he’s talking again.

The First Attack

I have calculated all of the odds. No matter how I do the math, I keep coming to the same result. The game is changed vastly depending on the first attack. The start of the game is usually determined by the host. But be weary, it may be extremely casual to say “I will do the first attack” or even “You can do the first attack”, but it’s always best to have a finite way to determine the start of the game. Knowing how big the start of the game is, helps you determine how to start it.

 

I will break down each possible example of what could occur provided either you or your opponent get the first attack.

 

Scenario 1: Free for All 4 Players: You are up first and get to determine the first attack. The nature of the game forces you to always choose a target and the card you use. Due to this nature, you will have to announce the first person you will be attacking on the field, and which card you want to lead with. Being the first player that has to attack means you are opening the door to be attacked. Whether you like it or not, you are painting a target on your back regardless of who you hit first. The player you attack will more than likely be able to turn the crowd against you because you did the “hit first”. If you lead with a strong card, you are also putting that card at risk. If other players see you as a threat at the beginning of the game, it will be easier for them to choose their targets as their turns are reached. This game is not only a game of having the best cards, it’s also a game of strategy, and you have to be prepared for every situation.

 

Scenario 2: Free for All 3 Players: Your opponent goes first. This means that they have the unfortunate disadvantage of having to target another player at the beginning of the game. Painting a target on their back for subsequent players. The benefit they have is picking up the first item, which can give them advantage later in the game. If the opponent chose to attack you, you can very easily rebuttal and strike them back. Provided you don’t get attacked though, you can open the door for an even better strategy. You can work alongside their victim, and get the feel for the characters they have as well. This will allow you to get a good read on the room and have an understanding of who you are up against. If you have non-threatening cards you are more likely to not be attacked. This may also be a good excuse for you to slowly chip away at the health of the stronger characters on the field. Take advantage of every opportunity given.

 

Scenario 3: 1 v 1: In a one on one battle, you don’t have to worry about other combatants forming a mob mentality. You don’t have any other options, you are forced to attack your only opponent. It’s best to know who is in your attacker’s hand. If you get the first strike, and were able to analyze the cards they are using, you could be at a huge advantage. Since you will also be receiving the first item, the first move in a one on one battle is game changing. Provided the opponent gets the first attack in a one on one, you could be at a huge disadvantage. You might want to have a backup, or a strategy in-case of each situation.

 

Given those examples please be very careful how the first attacker is chosen. Be spatially aware of who your opponents are using at all times. You want to be able to take town the stronger characters, and be aware of the people purposefully using bad characters. If you are playing in a big crowd, it might be a good opportunity to go for a reroute. This will not paint a target on anyone’s back, will not cause vendettas through the game, and will give you the opportunity to see who is gunning for you.

 

… But no matter who is chosen the rest of the game will have consequences.

Beyond Average

Welcome to “Average Town”, the most normal place ever. Nothing too exciting ever really happens. Everyone lives their same normal life, wake up, work, go home, and go to sleep. That is, until one day something changed.

 

Flying straight into Average Town is John, the most Beyond Average person you’ll ever meet. Forced into exile from his city, all John wants to do is try to start life anew. But that won’t be so easy for him, as it seems crazy follows him very closely.

 

Anything can happen when John is around, and his roommate, Peter, immediately learns to hate that fact. John will get sucked into a living cereal box, go on blind dates, fight giant dragons, find time scepters, fight emperors, and force his average friends into insane situations.

 

Crazy has become the new norm, and now anything is possible in this wacky world.

Introduction to Shranks Tips and Tricks

What’s up guys? It’s Alex here from Light Haven City, or what you guys call the “Outlawed Justice” Universe! As a vigilante college student, I thought I had seen it all. Clearly I was wrong, and we’re in some deep trouble. Our Universes have collided, and we need to find the best team to take down that Comet! While I’m not used to teaming up with cartoons, talking animals, villains, bird cops, and retail employees…. I need to do whatever I can to save our worlds.

 

Professor August and I have teamed up with some of the greatest minds across the universe to help you guys build the best team, find the best attacks, and use the best strategies to get that win.  This is for those of you who are serious about saving the world.


Remember, there are over 400 of us that you can use to help you duke it out. So finding the perfect combination, the best attacks, using us to our fullest potential, knowing when to strike, and knowing when to counter, can be very tough! Yeah you can just pick a few of us and hope for the best, but this is what you need if you want to ensure a victory more often.

The Creation of Shranks

Hey everyone! This is Alex Piccirillo. Creator of Shranks, artist for all the cards, and more. Shranks is a game that anyone can play. It’s something that anyone can come across, and play for hours without even realizing. At the same time, it’s a strategy game. You can build your decks, choose your characters, make the best combinations you can, and play competitively.

 

Shranks was originally created back in 2013. Well, the first version of it. Being in College for a few years, it was created during a night of extreme boredom. Hanging out with my brother, we wanted to find a fun way to pass the time. While originally we wanted to crack-out some of our old card games and give it a shot… it quickly came to our attention that the games were extremely complicated. It would take us some time to sit there, learn the new games, find all of our old cards, and play. So being that I had always loved to make handmade stuff, creating custom board games out of foam board of oak tag as a kid, we wanted to make something ourselves.

 

So we took our stack of card stock, loaded up the printer, and started printing out cards. Blank cards that we could fill in and draw as we pleased. We printed out 100 cards, and just started creating. First I went through and named all of the cards and attacks. Then we went back, drawing all the characters and items. Eventually all of the cards were unique. When we wanted to decide how you attack, we thought it would be easiest to flip a coin. With that the basis of the game was formed. Everything else happened so naturally I couldn’t explain. The amount of characters in your hand, the placement of the cards, the use of the item cards, it all just fell together very naturally.


First we played it together. Then we brought the game to our parents. Then we brought the game to our friends. We just couldn’t put it down. Every person who played got very into the game very quickly. Using not only the cards but arguments to help turn the game towards their favor. We would play for what felt like minutes, but was actually hours. It was probably one of the greatest things I had experienced.

 

Time passed, and the game stayed something we only used locally between ourselves. Eventually my thought process shifted. I wanted this to be something that everyone could play and experience. I wanted to share this with other people. Something easy and fun that you could play with your best friends, your family, competitively, endless opportunity. So I went into my chamber, and pretty much locked myself down there working for about a full year. Taking characters my brother and I had created, ideas we had shared, and expressing it all through the game.

 

After over a full year of constant work, art, coming up with attack names, character health, balancing the game, beta testing the game, fixing mistakes we found, we were finally able to wrap it up. Ending up with over 400 characters in total.