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7th March 2020: The Sounds Of Runeterra

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When I started writing songs again in the early 2010s, most of my inspiration came from the computer game League Of Legends, which I was playing a lot of at the time. Here are the songs I completed that are based on the game's setting and characters:

Not All Angels
Not All Angels

Written and performed by Stebloke.
Completed October 2014. Updated May 2016.

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Lyrics:
Never wanted sibling rivalry. Never foresaw such a tragedy. They never paused to explain why, they just ripped her from the sky. Branded fallen for her life, and now it's her purpose to kill again and again at the rift. Shattered wings and immortality. Keeps her hands warm though it's sinfully. Tormented soil, she's breaking waves. She will bind their souls someday. Kinda likes how she behaves, 'Cause now it's her purpose to kill again and again at the rift. Her graceful time was stolen from. All she wanted was some fun. Now exposed, the scars of war. Her world enslaved, it seems so far. Fractured by tyrannic lies. If they'd just seen things through her eyes. Missed the chance for sense to see. She'll never welcome back her kin. When they stripped her chance to soar, they made her seek forbidden lore. Blackest thorns, death on command, in this land of Valoran. Never mind her skin so fair, as all her torment she will share. When it's time she'll spill their blood, because not all angels are good.

The Chosen Two: Diana Vs. Leona
The Chosen Two: Diana Vs. Leona

Written and performed by Stebloke.
Completed May 2016.

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Lyrics:
CHOSEN OF THE MOON: Let night steal away the sun. By the moon let fools be frozen. Now your end it has begun. Say goodbye to your kind's chosen. Traitors. Miscreants. Fakers. Ignorants. Heed the night. Embrace the dark. Or a crescent blade will still your heart. Power imbued beneath the silver light bathing the ground. Blind to the truth - denying lunar might will bring you down. You say revere the sun but we are lied to. You say it lights the way instead it blinds you. You can't face the scorn, can't save them all, can't stave your fall. It's time to shatter the dawn. CHOSEN OF THE SUN: Rise. Here comes the sun. Skin warmed by the golden rays that show with daybreak. Stand strong behind shield and blade, and glow, radiate. When first light comes show no fear when the heat of battle calls because here comes the sun, to save everyone. Here comes the sun. The night's on the run. Live life upon mountain high and show devotion. Inspire all to stand up and bestow protection. It's poetic - the chosen will clash and the heretic will know.

Crowd Control
Crowd Control

Written and performed by Stebloke.
Completed May 2016.

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Lyrics:
Initiate. Make a dive for the middle. Pick a mark, get involved, give 'em trouble. Move out to the flank, prep 'em for a gank all the lanes. Bring the hurt floor the carry. Make them wish that they weren't adversaries. Time to hard engage. Time to make 'em rage. Gonna bring the pain. Gonna change the game. Team needs aggression. Objectives first. Foes need a lesson. Prepare the burst. So bring perfection. Set up the show with crowd control. Achieve the goal with crowd control. Rock and roll with crowd control. Retaliate. Make 'em pay for their trouble. They think they're gonna bring the pain? Give 'em double. Gonna stamp around. Gonna shut 'em down on the rift. Play it calm, turn to savage. Gotta counter swift prevent all their damage. Block 'em with a wall. And then stun them all. Gonna lock 'em up. Gonna land a hook. Team needs protecting. With crescendo. Skill interrupting. Weakness exposed. Offense deflecting. Now bring them low with crowd control. Now dominate. Serve them up on an arrow. Tidal wave leaves them all feeling sorrow. And with a nether grasp, put em on their assassinate, apprehend, slow with zephyr. Land a bind, terrify, taunt their effort. See hatred in their eyes. When you pulverize. Gonna score an ace. Gonna wreck their face. Team fight injection. It's time to shine. To bring conclusion. Support divine. Such an obsession. The world will know your crowd control.

Evelynn
Evelynn

A parody of Everlong by the Foo Fighters, written by Dave Grohl.
Evelynn lyrics written by Stebloke.
Performed by Stebloke.
Completed May 2016.

Youtube link

Lyrics:
Shadows, she's sneaking up on through. Evelynn. Delight, she throws herself into. Her prey's up ahead. Rage will be fed. They're damned. Come now. Embrace the agony. Time to feed. Run now, but it won't help to flee. Hate spike through the leg. Soon they'll be dead. They're damned. It's all over. She loves when they scream on cue. There's no escape when she impales them for her pleasure. There's no escaping and her frenzy brings the end. And she won't stop until they're torn in two. They'll find no solace when she lets her fun begin. They're damned. Scream out. It wakes her beast within. Death begins. Ends now she draws their essence in. Ground painted red. Now they are dead. They're damned.

Back when I used to play guitar, most of the time I played along to professional songs, rather than work on my own stuff. Often, I had to work out how to play the songs I liked, as I found a lot of the tabs I found on the internet were completely crap and sounded nothing like the song they were supposed to be. Some of these tabs, I typed up for posterity, and I've decided to re-upload them here.

These tabs are all downloadable pdf files. Right click the tab(s) of your choice, and select the relevant download option.

When We Stand Together, by Nickelback. Tabbed April 2015.

Get Jinxed, from League Of Legends, by Riot Games. Tabbed April 2014. I play my Get Jinxed tab (Youtube).

Collecting Casualties, by Running The Risk. Tabbed March 2014.

Here Comes Vi, from League Of Legends, by Riot Games. Tabbed December 2013. I play my Here Comes Vi tab (Youtube).

Fly On The Wall, by Thunder. Tabbed August 2013.

Burn It To The Ground, by Nickelback. Tabbed October 2011.

Ring Of Fire, by Def Leppard. Tabbed January 2010.

Too Much To Dream, from California Dreams. Tabbed October 2008.

Low Life In High Places, by Thunder. Tabbed September 2007. Note this is the intro only.

Four Letter Word, by Def Leppard. Tabbed August 2007.

9th June 2019: Little LoL Leak

Back in March, I gave the League of Legends match history web site a little check, and I found that the filters seem to work again. Well, at least a little bit. This allowed me to get some scores for my champs when I played the last few ARAMs. So here's some sad pointless stats from when I last played.

3rd July 2018: Pointless Centennial Edition

So this is the 100th computer gaming entry into this blog, and it's been a long six months coming. It's also very much not worth the wait.

I've not really been playing games these last few months, and none at all that need to be completed. This is mostly because I made the decision over Christmas to make this a year more about tabletop games, but also because I got really burned out playing the Witcher 3 for pretty much three months straight late last year.

Instead, I've been dabbling in a couple of online games I've played in the past. One of them, which Scoob and I unsurprisingly started to play again back in March, was League Of Legends. With no other reason to create this update, I was hoping to hit my next 100 ARAM wins to fit in with the century theme of this update.

Alas, it was not to be, as last night I uninstalled the game after a run of three game losses that each had players on my team going AFK. In the last one, it was a 3v5 the entire game. We put up a good fight, all things considered. But we weren't going to win that.
Those three games came at the end of a much larger bad run that saw my team getting out-comped time and time again. There's nothing worse than feeling like there's no way to win because the other team has such better champions. It was even more frustrating as, after a pretty bad run upon rejoining the game, I'd actually been doing quite well for a few weeks and was really starting to stretch my lead. But one win in the last 16 games, through no real fault of my own, has just turned me way off the game.

When I got 100 wins my score was 100-91 (9 ahead). When I got 200 wins my score was 200-181 (19 ahead). When I got 300 wins my score was 300-279 (21 ahead). By the time the new style ARAM started in May, my score was a poor 341-335, just 5 wins ahead. However the new ARAM changed things for a while, and on 24th June I was back up to 25 wins ahead. But then these last couple of weeks have been a nightmare, and I've ended this run on 397-386, just 11 wins ahead. I thought it best to stop there before falling all the way down into negatives.

The match history website no longer works properly, so I can no longer filter my matches by champion or game mode. So this time I can't go through and get stats about my champions unless I count through all the games manually. And sod that.

Locking down Singed

Locking down Singed

Letting rip with the Donger

Letting rip with the Donger

21st September 2016: League Update

One game I've managed to stop playing is League Of Legends, which I haven't touched for nearly 2 months. This damn thing had been pissing me off most of the year, but I carried on because Scoob likes it so much. Yet again, barring a few rare incidents, the idiots and AFKers were on our team, getting in my way as I tried to get to 300 wins. That should have been enough to dissuade me, but I think what has helped me quit the most were the changes they made to the pro scene after M.S.I. this year.
Up until then, I had quite enjoyed watching the pro games, and it kept me somewhat interested in playing myself. However, with more than double the games being played in the summer split, I wasn't able to keep up with them all and stopped watching after a couple of weeks. I can't even tell you who won, or who played well, or who is going to worlds. I just don't care any more.

Of course, I've had breaks before and always ended up going back, so this is a strong possibility. But for now at least, my time with the game is over. I've ended up on 294 wins to 271 losses, meaning I stretched the margin by just 4 wins, making the journey to 300 my worst performance yet. Sure, I wasn't quite at 300 wins, but I would have had to win the last 6 games without losing to make it the biggest increase. And on our last few performances, that just would not happen. The only great thing I remember happening was my first pentakill in one game where I was Katarina, who was one of the champs I think I got better on during these games.

I shouldn't really do this before 300 wins, but here's some sad pointless stats about the games since the last update:

Using Kat to do some work for a change

Using Kat to do some work for a change

Giving them the belly bounce

Giving them the belly bounce

Scoob unleashing Brand's powers

Scoob unleashing Brand's powers

30th December 2015: Most Definitely Didn't Make It

After getting my 100th ARAM win in League Of Legends a while back after a decent run of form, I set myself a new goal of hitting 200 wins before 150 losses. I figured it was well within the realms of possibility, especially if we could keep playing like we were, with 29 wins out of the previous 38 games.

How wrong I was.

Humbling is not a strong enough word to describe the journey we've been on during the last 190 games. Whereas I thought we would see our number of wins steadily increase at a faster pace compared to our losses, we've been frustrated time and time again. Other than a good run during the first half of December, where we went 22 wins to 6 losses, the entire rest of the run saw our total losses slowly catching up to the number of wins.

And today I hit the 200 win mark, with 181 losses on the board. Nowhere near as comfortable as I hoped it would be. Yes, we've stretched our margin by a further 10 wins, but it could have been a great deal more if not for silly players disconnecting or playing like idiots. Yet again, barring maybe two or three times in the entire run, the idiots and AFKers always seemed to be on our team.
If there's a player in the game who constantly snowballs into the entire enemy team with no backup, nine times out of ten that player is on our team. If there's a player that just stands there while Nidalee spear after Nidalee spear hits them in the face, nine times out of ten that player is on our team. Well you get the picture.
It's just very frustrating. As I'm not a great player, I just try not to do anything stupid, and play the team game. So to have reached the goal I had set myself, I'd have needed more reliable players than that.
Oh well.

Here's some sad pointless stats about the last 190 games:

I know the stats don't tell the whole story, as team comps and how the players behave has a great deal to do with it, but the above info shows some surprising twists compared to last time. The game continues to love giving me Soraka to take to the Abyss, but whereas before she was my angel of ARAM, recently she's been a bit of a curse. I picked up her dryad skin, and I'm guessing she doesn't like wearing green, as since that day I've been really struggling to find wins with her. A 1/4 win ratio on Amumu is also very bad, especially considering how well Scoob can use him.
Though it was not all bad. Unlocking Sona, Sejuani and Galio have all brought me some good wins, and I've turned it around with Miss Fortune for the most part, though I think her recent update definitely helped. I even got some wins with Nidalee at long last, going 2 for 2 in her 4 games.

One thing I've learned over these last few months is that it's a bit stupid setting targets that rely on total strangers, so I'm not going to do it again.

Getting explodified as Warwick

Getting explodified as Warwick

My allies can't prevent Zac from grabbing that Soraka booty

My allies can't prevent Zac from grabbing that Soraka booty

Our enemies defend their tower with sneakily placed Rek'Sai tunnels

Our enemies defend their tower with sneakily placed Rek'Sai tunnels

Elise and Miss Fortune get a rocket up their asses

Elise and Miss Fortune get a rocket up their asses

Stretching my spider legs to leap into the chaos

Stretching my spider legs to leap into the chaos

Taking a Miss Fortune ult right to the face

Taking a Miss Fortune ult right to the face

Warwick strutting his funky stuff

Warwick strutting his funky stuff

My 200th win happens while I'm dead. Typical.

My 200th win happens while I'm dead. Typical.

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