My Favorite Minecraft Maps

My favorite thing to do in Minecraft is to explore user-created maps. I used to just play solo mode with the computer-generated maps from the game, but it’s so much more fun to download a map that someone else has taken the time to create.

There are lots of places to find great maps. One of the best is (easy name to remember, right?) Another is this list of the best Minecraft Maps.

Some of the best maps on that list are:

  • Super Mansion [Redstone]
  • Skyblock PE [Survival]
  • Wrath of the Fallen [Adventure]

Super Mansion is a fun and quirky map featuring a mansion with lots of cool Redstone-powered contraptions and machinery. It’s great for exploring or for getting inspiration for cool things you can do with your own maps.

Skyblock PE is a survival map built for players of the Minecraft Pocket Edition. It starts small but once you open the little chest and look inside, things get bigger quickly.


Wrath of the Fallen is a sprawling Minecraft Adventure map from Hypixel.

John James Audubon

Did you know that today (April 26) is the birthday of the famous artist and naturalist John James Audubon? Yep, it’s true. He was born on this day in 1785. I didn’t even know he was born in the 1700s.

Audubon was born in Haiti and then lived in France, but was sent to America by his father to avoid being conscripted into Napoleon’s army. When he was 35 years old, he set out on an adventure across America to document all of the birds he could find.

This led to the publication of his book, Birds of America. Now the Audubon society bears his name and continues his work of naturalism.

Here are three paintings of birds done in watercolor. Feel free to screenshot them or save them and use them as wallpapers or whatever.


Moving On

You probably already know that Club Penguin shut down and is no more. Disney replaced it with a mobile-only game called Club Penguin Island, but it isn’t the same game and there’s no Desktop/Web version.

I haven’t really played the game in years anyway so I took some time to update my site theme and name to something more generic. So now it’s just called Palace of Pansolis, and here I’ll just write about other games or whatever random stuff I feel like talking about.

Watched the Godfather

Just watched the Godfather for the first time. Can’t believe it has taken me this long to watch this classic movie from 1972. I think everyone else in the world has already seen it.

Great movie. Most people agree. I don’t think Shawshank should really be rated higher, but what are you going to do?

Had trouble watching it at first because my friend Tom gave it to me on a USB drive in WMV format. I mean seriously, who uses WMV anymore? I watched the WMV on my Mac using VLC and then popcorn in hand, started watching.

Afterwards, I checked out this article from Mental Floss on 15 Things You Didn’t Know about the Godfather. Pretty crazy that Paramount didn’t want Marlon Brando in the title role. I can’t imagine anyone else pulling it off.

So what do you think about the Godfather? Should I watch parts II and III? Yeah, I guess.



Human Resource Machine

I’m really looking forward to playing this game, but I haven’t installed it yet. Human Resource Machine from Tomorrow Corporation is currently featured on the Apple New Games We Love section. It’s also Touch Arcade’s game of the week.

It’s the same company that made World of Goo and Little Inferno.

The game has been out for the PC for a while, and available on Steam. It recently came out on iOS.


In this game, you program tiny office workers to solve puzzles. The official game description calls it, “a puzzle game for nerds.” Sounds just like my type of game!

The Troop Cards in Clash Royale

A few weeks ago I wrote about Clash Royale from Supercell. It’s a kind of new (but not totally new) card battle game from the same people that made Clash of Clans and Boom Beach. They also made Hay Day, but I never played that game.

There are a lot of different troop cards that you can collect in the game and the troops form the basis of you attack. There are also spell cards, but I’ll talk about those in another post.

Here is a list of all the troop cards you can earn in the game (listed in alphabetical order).

  • Archers
  • Baby Dragon
  • Balloon
  • Barbarians
  • Bomber
  • Dark Prince
  • Fire Spirits
  • Giant
  • Giant Skeleton
  • Goblins
  • Golem
  • Guards
  • Hog Rider
  • Ice Wizard
  • Knight
  • Lava Hound
  • Miner
  • Mini P.E.K.K.A.
  • Minion Horde
  • Minions
  • Musketeer
  • P.E.K.K.A.
  • Prince
  • Princess
  • Royal Giant
  • Skeleton Army
  • Skeletons
  • Sparky
  • Spear Goblins
  • Three Muketeers
  • Valkyrie
  • Witch
  • Wizard

So far, my favorite two troops are the Hog Rider and the Mini P.E.K.K.A. Why? Because when played together, they can form a devastating one-two punch. If you are lucky enough to get both of them in the starting deck, you can surprise most opponents and destroy one of their towers immediately. Not everyone falls for it, but it’s a great attack.


I’d have to say that the Giant is my other favorite troop, especially in the early arenas. He’s slow but makes a great meat shield/tank, and if he arrives at an enemy tower with some health left, he’s really good at taking the tower down.


Clash Royale Tips, Strategies and Advice

Have you tried Clash Royale yet? It’s been out for about two months and is a top game on Google Play and iOS. I’ve been playing for several weeks after taking a break from Dungeon Boss and Supercell’s other game, Boom Beach.



Clash Royale is a multiplayer, card-established, MOBA-lite, tower defense game from Supercell, the giant developer and publisher behind Clash of Clans.


Because of its free to play construction and branding, it might be tempting to compose away Clash Royale as a cash-in or a pay when it’s among the most progressive and well-designed mobile multiplayer experiences on the App Store now.

Clash Royale is a hybrid of tower defense and collectible card games in which two players face off on a tower-load battleground with a custom decks of eight cards. They use these to try and destroy the towers of their adversary while shielding their own within a three minute time period.

Crowns are earned by players, when towers get destroyed, and the player with the most crowns at the conclusion of a match is declared the winner.

They can not simply spam the most powerful cards to steamroll opponents while cards can be purchased by players. Winning players need to employ the right Clash Royale strategies or face certain defeat.

The game’s elixir meter restricts the number of cards that may be used at one time, making positioning and timing essential factors to success in Clash Royale.

Outside of matches, players earn chests which reward them with money and new cards. If players gather enough cards of exactly the same sort, they can pay some gold to level up their units, while earning new cards gives them options to vary up their deck.

Clash Royale also features a card store, family system, and a location to watch replays, which provides plenty of content between matches.

For a game that’s interesting enough on its own, these additional features make it a long-term and more satisfactory experience.

On the other hand, the elements that really make Clash Royale stand out are its fine tuned sense of balance and speedy -yet-satisfying game design.

Also, even if you’re playing with decks of fundamental cards, there are feasible strategies to allow you to take down decks full of uncommon cards and epic poem, and this all is workable in a short, sweet, and very satisfactory three minute blast.

Clash Royale is a heck of a package. Top to bottom, it is an extremely interesting experience that’s so nicely put together it is hard to put down.