Online gambling and online casinos serve to be the fastest developing industries on the net. Since the start of the World Wide Web boom, the online world has become the primary clip of everyday life thereby making it convenient for a gamut of people. One can pay the bills, buy tickets and also attend live business meeting from comforts of one’s home. All these advances are part and parcel of online phenomenon. Thus, online gambling is one of the remarkable advances that need mention as well. People can now do all the sports betting, casino games playing as well as other types of gambling on the net.Online casinos are featured with various facilities, which attract players to stay connected. It is imperative to follow the casino rules set in order to play at some site casinos. But, most online casinos are not featured with as many regulations and rules as the real time land based casinos. Also, it is good to be able to easily pop up the beer bottle, sit at computer and light up the cigarette and not even worry about the floor casino manager reprimanding the player.Online casinos provide relaxation in a great environment as well. Rather than playing at noisy casino where you can be distracted, the virtual casinos offer the players an option to play in whichever atmosphere they choose. Just imagine yourself in crowded casino with those evocative eyes from the competitors staring at you and trying to threaten every move. In addition, with those loud players throwing you off the game and then adding some unwanted tension, is it good to eliminate such types of distractions and later play at your very own speed. Playing at online casinos, the players do not have such elements which can put them in a bad situation. For most, playing casino games or gambling in bad mind can lead to great amounts of loss.One of the largest advantages of online casino gaming is that the players can easily gamble with fake or free money. Various casinos permit the players to play without paying any cost or fee with an opportunity to earn real money. These casino services are eager to pay-out the money to have more business and satisfied members. One drawback with these free gambling services is that the player will not be able to earn very huge amounts of jackpot. But one can easily win enough pennies through the bonus bucks in order to raise the bets thereby competing more frequently.Most renowned free casino sites also provide multiple language support systems. So, the players without the knowledge of English language can still enjoy their favorite games without any difficulty of the communication or language. Some common languages provided at these casinos include Danish, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Polish, Korean, Spanish and Swedish.
It’s been a long time coming, but your Dominion has finally expanded to reach the ocean shore in Dominion: Seaside, an expansion for the hit card game. There’s plenty of territory beyond the shore though, with islands and native villages ripe for the picking. So recruit explorers, navigators, merchant ships and ambassadors. Confront pirates, deal with smugglers and find buried treasure in your quest to expand your Dominion beyond the sea!Dominion: Seaside is the second expansion for the deck-building card game that has been hugely popular since its debut in 2008. Being an expansion set, it requires either the base Dominion game or the standalone expansion Intrigue to play. This review focuses on the Seaside expansion. If you want to know more about how the base game is played, please read our Dominion review.Dominion: Seaside is another thematic expansion set, following the underhanded and covert theme in Intrigue. In Seaside, the cards are based loosely around the naval and oceanic themes, with card effects representing the ideas of exploration, colonization, pirates and treasure maps. A new card type – Duration cards – is also introduced in this set, changing the way games are played.These Duration cards are the biggest new concept introduced in the Seaside expansion. These orange-colored action cards have persistent effects, providing you with benefits until your next turn. They include the Merchant Ship that provides you with 2 coins when you play it, and another 2 coins on your next turn. There is also the Caravan that provides you with an extra card immediately as well as on your next turn. However, the most interesting Duration cards would have to be the Lighthouse and the Tactician. While giving you an extra action and an extra coin immediately and on your next turn, the Lighthouse also makes you immune to all Attack cards while it is in play! With the Tactician, you can discard your hand in order to have 10 cards, 2 buys and 2 actions on your next turn. Now that’s planning ahead!Other new concepts are also introduced in Seaside, introducing new physical tokens and items to liven up the game. There is the Embargo card that lets you place embargo tokens onto a card pile. When any player buys a card from that pile, they also have to gain a Curse card. If you use the Pirate Ship, you get to plunder treasure from your opponents, and gain beautifully-crafted coin tokens for each successful plunder. Also introduced is a separate playmat signifying a Native Village. When you play the Native Village card, you are able to set cards aside onto the playmat ready for you to use later in the game. Other cards such as the Haven and Island also allow you to set cards aside for later use.There are also plenty of cards in Seaside that fit the naval theme. The Explorer lets you gain a Gold if you have a Province in hand. And if you manage to have 2 Treasure Map cards in your hand at the same time, you find buried treasure and gain 4 Gold cards! And what naval story is complete without the ever-present Smugglers? These guys let you gain a copy of the card that the previous player gained last turn. Looks like treasure and loot is one of the major focuses of this set!The Dominion series seems to be moving in the right direction, adding new themes and new concepts and mechanics with each expansion. The naval and pirate theme is lighthearted and fun, and is a welcome change of pace after the darker subterfuge themes in Intrigue. Seaside also adds something not seen before in this deck-building game: physical objects. It’s nice to play with the extra items such as embargo tokens and pirate coins, rather than just focusing on drawing and shuffling cards.It also looks like the game is still going strong with no signs of slowing down, with a new Alchemy expansion being released in early 2010, and another expansion titled Prosperity scheduled to be released in late 2010. If you already play Dominion, getting Dominion: Seaside will add excitement as you throw in the new cards and concepts into the mix. If you have yet to try the game, get a copy of Seaside as well as either the base game or Intrigue and start conquering!Complexity: 2.5/5.0Playing Time: 30 to 45 minutesNumber of Players: 2 to 4 players (up to 6 with the Intrigue expansion)
Over the past year I have received a significant number of emails seeking help in their battle against compulsive gambling addiction. My goal was to help others who were going through what I went through. I have read every email received from around the world. I realized that people affected by gambling addiction needed help and they wanted it now.I received emails from teenagers to seniors, family members and friends all looking for a solution. I also received emails from high school parents looking for statistical information, reporters from around the world, talk shows and political parties. I was amazed that people were finally realizing that compulsive gambling addiction was negatively affecting our society.Based on the information in the emails I have learned that people are very similar around the world. It doesn’t matter what country you live in, we all have feelings, emotions and a desire to live a better life.I have also received a few hostile emails from compulsive gamblers lashing out at the world. These are people who have lost all their financial resources, trust, family and friends and had no where to go. This at first was the most difficult emails to handle. As time went on I began to understand what they were looking for and through this process we have become comrades in our battle against gambling addiction.Then there were individuals who emailed me and used the words I can’t go on living like this anymore. These emails concerned me the most. I always responded “If you are feeling depressed or suicidal you should go and talk it out. There are emergency hotlines, family doctor, friends, relatives and other professionals who can help you get through this period in your life. I also shared with them others who felt the same way. As each day passed and they started their recovery their self esteem increased and their desire to live increased.Then I received emails from gamblers anonymous members upset by some of my articles. These emails I enjoyed because I knew people were listening. To set the record straight Gamblers Anonymous is wonderful for the people that they have helped and continue to help. The GA program has a lot to offer those that are willing to participate in a twelve step program. Compulsive gamblers need to find a program that works for them. It just so happens that a large percentage of the emails I receive are from people who tried Gamblers Anonymous and were unsuccessful. People involved in gambling addiction recovery programs need to be very realistic and open minded. I received one email from a person who replaced his gambling addiction with exercise. He told me that it’s been eighteen months now and his life has completely turned around. Other emails I received were from people who were able to stop on their own, but their friend was not able to.Companies who are involved in gambling addiction recovery programs should all work together. We also have different approaches to helping people with their gambling addiction but the one thing in common. We are all here to help people rebuild their lives in order for them to have a brighter future. It’s time to work together.You can read some of these emails at my website.