Retire by 50

Retire by 50

In the summer of 2014, when I turned 41, I set myself the goal of retiring from paid-work by the age of 52. This blog charts my own strategy and progress, and explores different theories of financial independence and 'extreme early retirement'. It also provides the odd tip on how you might also retire early!


Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Cruel Sethropod...

30 May 2022 2 minute read 1 comment RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Cruel Sethropod from the Water Splinter. In all honesty this was a card I'd sold A LOT of having ended up with a lot from purchasing more than 2000 Chaos packs over the last several...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Scavo Firebolt...¢

24 May 2022 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Scavo Firebolt from the Fire Splinter... I think 'average' is the best way to describe this card at Level one - reasonably damage for the mana, good health but poor speed, all in al...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Focus on Speed...

17 May 2022 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Supply Runner. I had planned to do this thinking that he had plus one speed at L1, but alas no I was mistaken, so rather than try to use the Supply Runner at L1 (he really has little...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Dragons!

10 May 2022 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase Dragons, probably my favourite challenge as it's so open ended! The battle below features the awesome Dragon Jumper playing a central role in a mid mana battle. While the Dragon Jumper...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Crypt Beetle

3 May 2022 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Crypt Beetle from the Death Splinter... This is a useful low mana card, with three mana giving you shield from the outset with 1 shield and 2 health, although attack and speed are b...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Time Mage

26 Apr 2022 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Time Mage from the Life splinter... This is a useful mid mana card with 1 magic damage and reasonable health, slow as a nice debuff and the Mage is FAST at L1 with 4 speed! The batt...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Mycelic Morphoid...

23 Apr 2022 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Mycelic Morphoid from the earth splinter... This is a useful low mana card, and for just 1 mana at L3 you get the thorns ability - although everything is low - 1 attack, 1 spee...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Reaching with Carnage Titan!

4 Apr 2022 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week asked us to showcase the Radiated Brute from the Fire Splinter. However, having lost a few battles trying I decided to use a high mana option to switch to the far superior Carnage Titan as an alter...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Animated Corpse

7 Dec 2021 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

  This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Classic Beta Monster: Animated Corpse At Level 1 The Corpse has decent health and two attack, which is OK for four mana, but he is slow! The battle below features The Corpse front...

Splinterlands: Building a Budget Level Silver Deck for < $1000

1 Nov 2021 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

The Earth Splinter is one of the more challenging Splinters to build on a budget for competing in the silver leagues - so many of the cards are so very expensive when compared to the Death and Life Splinters, for example, and here are relatively few...