Some of My Favorite Binding of Isaac Items Part 1

Hello everyone, and welcome to a new topic! As mentioned before, The Binding of Isaac is one of my favorite video games of all time. With an amazing 547 items, the amount of synergies are literally endless. The following will be a multiple part series on my favorite items, and the awesome synergies that go with it. Now, let’s dive into the basement, and start our crazy adventure!

  • (Obvious Choice) Brimstone: Type: Passive Item Cosmetic Change: Transforms Issac into a black demon with red eyes and massive horns. Location: Item Room (Requires some specific items to appear) or Devil Room Effect: Changes Isaac’s tears into a chargeable blood laser that deals his damage for 13 ticks. The laser pierces the entire terrain in a horizontal pattern. If you have 20/20, the beam doubles, and if you have Loki’s Horns, the beam can shoot in a cross-shaped pattern. Lastly, there’s the crazy synergy with Tammy’s Head that literally melts enemies and bosses alike. 

Good old Brimstone! This item was first introduced to the game in the Wrath of the Lamb expansion, and I immediately fell in love with it. The laser is a fantastic early game item, and the ridiculous synergies with it can make you win instantly. 

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  • Fruit Cake Type: Passive Location: Item Rooms  Cosmetic Change: Issac’s tears are colored like a rainbow. Effect: Every tear that Issac shoots has a random effect ranging from Antigravity to Wiggle Worm. Synergies: Combine this item with 3 Dollar Bill for crazy status effects and unpredictable damage. You can also combine it with any bomb-type item for random bomb effects.

I absolutely adore this item! I love the concept of randomness in video games, and this fits the concept to a T. While it can occasionally backfire and kill you, it’s a blast to pick up on any run.

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More Awesome and Obscure Board Games (Every Other Wednesday)

Hello fellow Board Game Enthusiasts! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more fascinating board games. Now, let’s play!

  • Food Chain Magnate (2015) Published by: Splotter Spellen Artists: Iris de Hann and Ynze Moedt Designers:  Jeoren Doumen and Joris Wiersinga Players: 2-5 Playtime: 120-240 Minutes Ages: 14+ Type: Strategy Categories: Industry/Manufacturing and Economic Mechanisms: Modular Board, Deck/Pool Building, Card Drafting, Simultaneous Action Selection, and Route/Network Building 

Description: This is a very unique heavy-strategy game that focuses on building a fast food chain. This is done through a card-driven management system. Each player tries to best the other through sales, marketing, and purchasing. They also try to find key staff members on the job market.

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  • 5-Minute Dungeon (2017) Designer: Connor Reid Artist: Alex Diochon Publisher: KOSMOS Players: 2-5 Playtime: 5-30 Minutes Ages: 8+ Type: Family Categories:  Real-time, Fighting, Card Game, Fantasy Mechanisms: Hand Management, Cooperative Play, Variable Player Powers

Description: This is a fast-paced card game that has players race to escape a dungeon in five minutes. Players must use survival and cooperation skills to find the easiest path to the goal. You are equipped with special cards and skills that will help you defeat all the monsters and bosses in your way. The game is won when the players defeat all  5 of the bosses, and escape.

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My Favorite Banned Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards (Every Other Friday)

Hello fellow Duelists! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another card post! This post covers some of my favorite cards on the Yu-Gi-Oh! ban list.  These cards were put there for being too strong, or having ridiculously overpowered synergies. Now, let’s Duel!

  • Fiber Jar Type: Plant/Flip/Effect Attribute: EARTH 3 Stars Appearance: A really cool jar in the shape of a jungle’s ecosystem. ATK/ 500 DEF/ 500 Effect: FLIP: Each player shuffles all cards from their hand, field, and Graveyard into the Deck, then draws 5 cards.

This card has one of the most broken effects ever printed. It essentially restarts the duel, and gives each player a new hand. You don’t have to tribute anything to summon it, and it completely destroys your opponent’s strategy. This card has been banned for an extremely long time, and I highly doubt it will ever be able to played in the game.

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  • Chaos Emperor Dragon- Envoy Of The End Type: Dragon/Effect Attribute: DARK 9 Stars Appearance: One of the coolest looking dragons in all of Yu-Gi-Oh! ATK/ 3000 DEF/ 2500 Effect: Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand)by banishing 1 LIGHT and 1 DARK monster from you Graveyard. You can pay 1000 Life Points; send all cards in both players’ hands and on the field to the Graveyard, then inflict 300 damage to your opponent for each card sent to the Graveyard by this effect.

The original Yu-Gi-Oh! “Boss Monster”! This card is so overpowered, that I got banned almost immediately after creation. It not only has very high attack, but can nuke the field and hands, dealing astonishing amounts of damage. 

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More Awesome Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards (Every Other Friday)

Hello fellow Duelists! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more awesome cards. Now, let’s Duel!

  • Apoqliphort Towers Type: Machine/Effect Attribute: Earth 10 Stars ATK/ 3000 DEF/ 2600 Appearance: A very cool looking giant mech with two large shields. Effect: Cannot be Special Summoned. Requires 3 “Qli” Tributes to Normal Summon/Set, it is unaffected by Spells/Trap effects and by activated effects from any monster whose original Level/Rank is lower than this card’s current level. All Special Summoned monsters lose 500 ATK and DEF. Once per turn: You can make your opponent send 1 monster from their hand or their side of the field to the Graveyard (their choice).

This insanely powerful monster was banned for a long time, and just recently is seeing play again. Not only does this card have extremely good stats, but is completely immune to anything that isn’t level 10 or higher. It can easily win you the game if played on turn one, and is still considered to be one of the most difficult cards to remove from the field.

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  • Night Beam Type: Normal Spell Appearance: A transparent laser beam hitting a card with crosshairs. Effect: Target 1 Set Spell/Trap your opponent controls; destroy that target. Your opponent cannot activate the targeted card  in response to this card’s activation.

Although this is a normal Spell, its effect can be completely drastic to your opponent. The ability to destroy a Set card without worrying about negation is quite strong in today’s meta, and I suggest running 3 of these in your deck. The satisfaction of destroying part of your opponent’s plan is always a good feeling. 

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Even More TV Tropes

Hello fellow media lovers! It’s time for us to take a look at some more fascinating tropes. Now, let’s begin!

  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: This is an extremely popular trope that’s used in numerous forms of media. The trope occurs when a chef or wannabe chef tries to combine ingredients that should NEVER go together. The result usually involves the consumer gagging, vomiting, or fainting. Some examples of this include; Soma’s devious combination of squid tentacles and peanut butter from Shokugeki no Soma. Soma is an amazing cook in the anime, with many of his dishes causing consumers to literally be in ecstasy. However, this dish causes the consumers to feel violated, and Soma brings this dish out when he wants to screw with people. In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, cooking is a major part of the game. It not only is used to recover health, but some foods can even protect you from the harsh temperatures. Then, there’s the dubious food, a disgusting concoction that can be created if Link combines bugs and monster parts together. The result is a censored mix of disgustingness that only recovers one heart.

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  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: You’re an all around good character in a video game, and then you’re given a mission that completely brakes your moral compass. Some examples of this include; Scribblenauts, where you can use a baby with steak attached to it to attract lions. In the incredibly fun and challenging Oregon Trail, your party goes through hell to get to Oregon. Death is extremely common, dysentary happens often, colds can be lethal, and it’s almost impossible to get to Oregon with the full crew.

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Asher’s Art Gallery (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome paintings. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  • Rainbow Acid by Larry Carlson Archival print on paper 

This is a very fascinating work by “Master Surrealist”, Larry Carlson. It is a mixture of detailed Realism and Carlson’s signature Surrealism. The painting is of two female figures with strange hairstyles. The leftmost woman has long, brown hair with flowers on each side, while the rightmost figure has black hair fashioned like a geisha. They also appear to be nude, and do not have any facial features. Instead of a face, the girls have a dark black void that seems to suck up anything that comes to close to it. There are also rainbow lasers shooting out of both face holes, giving the piece an eerie feeling. I really enjoy the work, and would love to hear what you guys think of it in the comments’ section below.  

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  • Undiscovered Genius by Jean-Michel Basquiat Part of The Daros Suite of Thirty-two Drawings 1982-83 Acrylic, oil paintstick, pastel, crayon, charcoal, and pencil on paper. 

This is a wonderful work by “Amazing Artist”, Basquiat. As expected by the artist, the piece is truly unique, and has many fascinating qualities. It is covered with Basquait’s signature motifs like repeated words, abstract faces, and pseudo-realistic objects. The painting appears to take place in Mississippi during the first half of the 1900’s. We see a depiction of a slave ship, as well as the words “Africa” and “Black Country. There’s also a very detailed picture of an African American musician near the painting’s center. It’s a very unique work, and I’d love to hear your opinions on it in the comments’ section below.

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The Amazing Ocean (Old Post Throwback!)

Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s time for me to bring back one of my favorite topics! As said multiple times in the past, I love marine life, and I’m always amazed at the new creatures that are discovered. This post will discuss some of the coolest creatures of the sea. Now, let’s begin our incredible journey!

  • Helmet Jelly (Periphylla periphylla) Size: Can be up to 1m Depths found in: 0-7000m Habitats: Oceans worldwide as well as the Mediterranean Sea Diet: Plankton

The Helmet Jelly is one of the largest Jellyfish found in the deep sea. It is usually bright red in color, and emits a bioluminescent glow. This glow allows the creature to distinguish between light and dark. The Jelly is actually considered to be quite a nuisance in Norway, as it devours many resources in isolated ecosystems.

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  • Radiolarians (Tuscaridium cygneum) Size: 1.2 cm Depths found in: 400-2200m Habitat: Oceans worldwide Diet: Phytoplankton 

Radiolarians are unique types of Zooplankton that mainly reside in the column of deep waters. Despite being microscopic in size, when zoomed in on, they’re quite beautiful, and resemble spherical spiky balls. They also can’t swim, and remain perfectly still, floating in the deep depths. When disturbed, the Radiolarian will emit a bioluminescent glow. Upon death, the skeletons of these creatures will fall to the ocean floor, and are one of the prime materials found in abyssal sediment.

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