Dota 2


Dota 2 is the latest chance for gamers to peek into the fascinating world of copyright law.  Defense of the Ancients is a community created modification for the 9 year old Warcraft III.  The mod was created in the editor that Blizzard released with Warcraft III and went through different revisions under different creators.  Some of the individuals involved with the creation or maintenance of the mod have since gone off and formed their own companies that recreate the mod with different graphics and characters under different names.  Valve decided to get involved in the D.O.T.A. clone game by making “Dota 2” but Blizzard decided to sue them.  It’s all very fascinating.

In addition to being a lawsuit simulator Dota 2 is also a game.   

Players are grouped into teams of five.  They choose a character from a large list with varying powers and attributes then try to destroy the other teams “Ancient Fortress”, obviously not the same thing as the “Ancient” from Defense of the Ancients.   Continue reading

Tequila Slammer

Might a homeless old man have a touch more beef bourguignon? And another tequila slammer? Please?

The tequila slammer is a fairly easy drink to make and then polish off quickly.  It is well suited for games where you don’t have a lot of downtime since it is simple enough to mix at your desk or couch and then drink it right away.  You can use any variety of citrus soda or even ginger ale in this recipe; Mt. Dew, Squirt, 7-Up, etc.  This is popularly served in either a shot glass but be sure to use a strong one since a thin shot glass might break.



  • 1 oz tequila
  • 1 oz soda



Pour your soda and tequila in your glass trying not to agitate the soda to keep it from fizzing up.  When you are ready to drink cover the glass with your hand, a napkin or a plastic playing card and slam it on the table then drink quickly.  If you don’t drink it fast enough you will have a mess on your hands and you will never get rid of the tequila smell in your room.



Sit right down and let me tell you a story about a guy and his experiences drinking his way through a new video game.  The guy is just a regular fellow who plays games and drinks.  He has no involved backstory, his is not an epic tale of growth and redemption.  Just a dude who works up a mighty thirst trying to rebuild his gaming backlog.  The game and the drink though….well that’s where it gets more interesting.

The story starts when the guy bought a game called Bastion

from a place called Steam during a thing called the Great Gift Pile.  He played for a bit to help some folks out but then put it on the back burner.   Continue reading

Stone Fence

Good Stone Fences Make Good Neighbors

The Stone Fence is another drink that dates back to colonial times but should be thoroughly enjoyed today.  Since it is such a historic drink there are a lot of variations on how to put one together but all the recipes are a distilled spirit and an apple drink mixture of some sort.  If you have the apples to freeze your own applejack by all means use that but otherwise you can any dark liquor such as Rye, Rum or Bourbon.  A muddled apple can be joined by a cherry or other fruits such as the plum I used, peaches or apricots.


  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • Hard Cider
  • Apple with other fruits optional
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Ice



Cut off a few chunks of fruit then place them, the sugar, and the bourbon in your shaker.   Muddle thoroughly then add ice and shake until the mixture is cool.  Fill your glass with ice then pour your strained mixture in.  Top your glass with the hard cider then garnish with an apple wedge.  Yum.