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@  Benbot : (20 November 2018 - 06:54 PM)

We're not actually back, this is all a dream.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 November 2018 - 06:12 PM)

It was, we're just humoring you.

@  Arazyr : (20 November 2018 - 02:17 PM)

I was wondering if that was just me...

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 November 2018 - 02:01 PM)

And we are back after that round of Forum downtime.

@  Pennpenn : (20 November 2018 - 06:30 AM)

Feels like it's been so long since there's been a proper storm that I've been awake for. This one even has pink lightning, which always great.

@  Pennpenn : (20 November 2018 - 06:22 AM)

So long as he has an R by his name. Even if the R is for "Recepticons"

@  Nevermore : (20 November 2018 - 06:18 AM)

Sadly, my first reaction was "And I'm sure way too many people would seriously, unironically really vote for the blatant bad guy and still cheer at him while he's slaughtering the masses because they saw him on TV and he's cool."

@  Nevermore : (20 November 2018 - 06:17 AM)

Someone over at TFW2005 just discovered an old photo of political campaign signs, with one saying "Vote Megatron! Global Domination."

@  Paladin : (19 November 2018 - 07:02 AM)

let's be real. at this rate we're not lasting until 2075.

@  Maximus Ambus : (19 November 2018 - 06:34 AM)

The rest of the world may build a wall around the US in 2075.

@  Nevermore : (19 November 2018 - 05:53 AM)

Tell an conservative conspiracy maniac that women are literally the Satan's spawn out to infect humanity with the gender virus that will turn everyone into communist Muslims who eat children, and they will be like, "Well of course! That makes perfect sense!"

@  Nevermore : (19 November 2018 - 05:49 AM)

It's evidence of Poe's Law.

@  Nevermore : (19 November 2018 - 05:48 AM)

The world is insane.

@  Nevermore : (19 November 2018 - 05:48 AM)

Geeez, I just read a story about a liberal satire Facebook page that would publish absolutely outlandish, ridiculous made-up conservative propaganda, stuff so absurd nobody with half a brain could take it seriously... and conservatives are taking it at face value.

@  Pennpenn : (19 November 2018 - 02:27 AM)

Oh don't make me go talk to Peter Dutton. My week has been painful enough as it is...

@  Telly : (18 November 2018 - 09:13 PM)

he cant leave quarantine until he talks to the king of the potato people

@  Pennpenn : (18 November 2018 - 01:03 AM)

Debateable. It's a sunday anyway. Wonder if I'll still feel up and ready to go tomorrow. Don't want to take too many days off leading up to the end of the year.

@  MEDdMI : (18 November 2018 - 12:01 AM)

@Pennpenn hooray! Now you can leave quarantine.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2018 - 08:58 PM)

The national tour is currently in Raleigh-Durham.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2018 - 06:29 PM)

Ok, feeling much better now.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 November 2018 - 06:20 PM)

Is hamilton playing in hamilton?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 November 2018 - 03:34 PM)

Maybe the show in the city?

@  wonko the sane? : (17 November 2018 - 01:21 PM)

To the show or the city?

@  The Doctor Who : (17 November 2018 - 11:01 AM)

Niiice!

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2018 - 10:48 AM)

My mom won two tickets to Hamilton!

@  wonko the sane? : (17 November 2018 - 09:46 AM)

Welp, good morning so far. My brother helped me get my sister in law's christmas gift, and reminded me I still had to get my mom's calendar for next year.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2018 - 08:22 AM)

Oh yeah, feeling feverish. What fun.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 November 2018 - 10:07 PM)

My father used to ask his boss that question. Then he STOPPED asking, and got used to twiddling his thumbs. Made things so much easier, and didn't actually change how his bosses thought of him.

@  Nevermore : (16 November 2018 - 07:31 PM)

So of course you wait until the end of your shift like everyone else, THEN you walk up to the manager on duty and ask him what you're supposed to do during the requested overtime.

@  Nevermore : (16 November 2018 - 07:30 PM)

Fun: The employer allows (paid) voluntary overtime, cannot backtrack on the permit, and before the regular end of your shift, you notice you're rapidly running out of work.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 November 2018 - 06:27 PM)

Fear is a state of mind.

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 November 2018 - 06:25 PM)

Did you just assume my sociopolitical status?

@  Pennpenn : (16 November 2018 - 06:13 PM)

Oh stop being such a pack of drama monarchs!

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 November 2018 - 06:11 PM)

Too late. They can smell your fear.

@  Maximus Ambus : (16 November 2018 - 04:10 PM)

Nobody say anything and you'll be safe from the mob.

@  TM2-Megatron : (16 November 2018 - 03:41 PM)

It used to be

@  Arazyr : (16 November 2018 - 02:05 PM)

I would agree.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 November 2018 - 01:15 PM)

I say yes, but I imagine many would disagree with me.

@  Paladin : (16 November 2018 - 12:34 PM)

settle a bet: is "drama queen" a gender-neutral description?

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 November 2018 - 08:38 PM)

Sounds like management is the same everywhere :p

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 November 2018 - 08:12 PM)

My bosses are too busy trying to see if they can have their heads up their own asses while still being able to kiss the asses of everyone above them. It'd be amusing to watch if I wasn't one of the ones trying to get everything done to cover for it.

@  Nevermore : (15 November 2018 - 07:05 PM)

He's living by the standard "bow to those below you; kick at those above you. You got more people below you than above you."

@  Nevermore : (15 November 2018 - 07:04 PM)

Whenever we go on strike, he's there with us. He told me that this is the only completely legal way for him to show his own bosses the finger,

@  Nevermore : (15 November 2018 - 07:03 PM)

Well, this guy has been getting flak from above, it's just that he doesn't care. He's doing what he thinks is right. He's easily the smartest of my superiors, and also the one with the biggest balls.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 November 2018 - 05:24 PM)

Must be nice, having a boss that cares.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 November 2018 - 01:03 PM)

Indeed.

@  Echowarrior : (15 November 2018 - 11:58 AM)

That's a good superior.

@  Nevermore : (15 November 2018 - 06:21 AM)

Arguing in my favor that I was working under sub-par conditions, there were problems with sudden halts of the conveyor and other issues that affected my productivity, and besides, why was this guy giving a feedback to one of HIS subordinates, wich was his job?

@  Nevermore : (15 November 2018 - 06:19 AM)

Also, yesterday he stood up for me when a superior from the department I was sent to was giving me a productivity feedback.

@  Nevermore : (15 November 2018 - 06:19 AM)

So this week all of my superiors save one guy are absent, and I'm not noticing a difference. Which says a lot about this guy.


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#1 kizudarake

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 04:24 AM

I'm sure more than a few of us on here play Magic: The Gathering casually, or even as a hobby. If you do, feel free to skip past this next section.
If you don't, here's a very short rundown of the basic game.

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Magic: The Gathering is a collectible card game published by Wizards of the Coast(currently a division of Hasbro). It's played with decks of 60 to 100 cards(With some variants affecting the number of cards used.), one deck per person. Most local comic stores hold a weekly tournament each Friday, called Friday Night Magic, with other tournaments occasionally popping up. Some are free, others have a small buy-in, at the friendly level of the game. The goal is to utilize your cards to reach one of several outcomes in the game: Reduce your opponent to zero life, or to cause your opponent to have to draw a card when he has no more cards available to draw.

Intro Packs, which currently include a 60-card deck and two 15-card booster packs are a great way to start playing, and have an MSRP of US$14.99. If you choose to go this route, however, Wal-mart is selling Intro Packs for the current expansion, Gatecrash, for 14 dollars. While you're never required to buy another card past that to play casually, to play in tournaments requires the occasional update of your deck. To do this, you can either buy additional booster packs, at US$3.99 a pack, MSRP, or purchase cards one or two at a time through your local game store, Amazon.com, or eBay.

***Warning: Due to a few people who have worked out a way to figure out which packs out of a booster box are most likely to contain the value cards, you're best off buying booster packs at Wal-mart or your FLGS. This technique is called Box Mapping, and is fairly complicated to do on your own.***

For the rules of the game, and additional information, please visit http://wizards.com/Magic and then click Trading Card Game near the top of the screen, then click the link labeled "New To Magic".

If you want to learn about the game and never hold a card in your hand, there is a digital product available. It is called Duel of the Planeswalkers, the current edition is 2013, and it is available through Steam, PSN, Xbox Live, and, new to this addition, on the iPad App Store. It will additionally be available through the Android Store once 2014 is released.

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For those who are already familiar with the game, the new expansion, the last in the Return To Ravnica block, is titled Dragon Maze. The prerelease event is scheduled to occur on April 27, 2013, and will be MSRP $25.00. Players will be able to choose between one of 10 possible guild packs. Each Dragon Maze prerelease guild pack will contain 4 Dragon's Maze booster packs, one prerelease booster pack for the guild you choose, and one prerelease booster pack for a guild that shares one color with your chosen guild.

What does this mean?

It means that if you choose Golgari, whose colors are green and black, inside you'll find the Golgari prerelease pack from Return to Ravnica, as well as the prerelease booster pack for either Orzhov(Black/White), Rakdos(Black/Red), Dimir(Black/Blue), Selesnya(Green/White), Gruul(Green/Red), or Simic(Green/Blue).

After you assemble your deck, then the fun begins!

I plan to visit Knight's Comics and Games in Henderson, KY for my prerelease. I'm rolling either Golgari or Dimir. Who knows? I might see one or more of you there!

Hopefully, from this point on, this thread will be used to discuss the game, the cards, how to play, and what decks you use, or plan to use. This thread is currently, and will remain a positive thread, at least in regards to posters. If you have opinions on a deck or some cards someone else is running, then be sure to be constructive with your comments. If you have an opinion on WOTC, the game itself, or the public face of magic, feel free to go wild. Of course, board rules apply.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 07:40 AM

I miss the red/white guild from the original set. Twas awesome and my favorite, but I will probably pick up a Selesnya set.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 07:53 AM

I only played MTG once, I had a friend in high school who used to go to Tourniments and even win them occasionally. When he found out I liked TCGs, he decided to teach me to play. He let me use one of his decks and taught me as we played, I caught on quickly and ended up winning by a good deal. He never wanted to play again with me after that. I think I hurt his pride, lol.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:49 AM

Admittedly it a tad buried but we already have a thread going for M:TG guys.

M:TG discussion

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:00 AM

QUOTE(Daith @ Apr 16 2013, 10:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Admittedly it a tad buried but we already have a thread going for M:TG guys.

M:TG discussion

Nearly a year since the last post, it can stay buried.

For content, here's the deck I took to Friday Night Magic last week. It performed really well, and was a fast deck out of the gate, no pun intended. It's especially nice, considering the most expensive card is approx. two dollars.

Cheap gates

If you can get a guild gate with red out first turn, then one with a forest second turn, you're setting up a good combo with Burning Tree emissary.
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:20 AM

I miss the casual tournaments that used to take place at the Toy Vault at the Rhode Island Mall. But now the Mall's dead and I never bothered trying to go somewhere else to play. Maybe I should.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:28 AM

QUOTE(TheMightyMollusk @ Apr 16 2013, 11:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I miss the casual tournaments that used to take place at the Toy Vault at the Rhode Island Mall. But now the Mall's dead and I never bothered trying to go somewhere else to play. Maybe I should.


There's the Comic Doctor in Cranston, if you meant the Rhode Island Mall in Warwick. The reviews say it's nice.
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:47 AM

QUOTE(kizudarake @ Apr 16 2013, 12:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(TheMightyMollusk @ Apr 16 2013, 11:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I miss the casual tournaments that used to take place at the Toy Vault at the Rhode Island Mall. But now the Mall's dead and I never bothered trying to go somewhere else to play. Maybe I should.


There's the Comic Doctor in Cranston, if you meant the Rhode Island Mall in Warwick. The reviews say it's nice.

It's also a little small for a claustrophobe. But my biggest problem with getting out and playing more is that I'm antisocial and lack initiative.

Also I don't like constructed tournaments because of net decks. I accept that I'm not so great at the game, but can I lose to a different deck once in a while?

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:52 AM

QUOTE(TheMightyMollusk @ Apr 16 2013, 11:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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QUOTE(TheMightyMollusk @ Apr 16 2013, 11:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I miss the casual tournaments that used to take place at the Toy Vault at the Rhode Island Mall. But now the Mall's dead and I never bothered trying to go somewhere else to play. Maybe I should.


There's the Comic Doctor in Cranston, if you meant the Rhode Island Mall in Warwick. The reviews say it's nice.

It's also a little small for a claustrophobe. But my biggest problem with getting out and playing more is that I'm antisocial and lack initiative.

Also I don't like constructed tournaments because of net decks. I accept that I'm not so great at the game, but can I lose to a different deck once in a while?

Granted, mine's technically going to be a net deck for you, but it's really cheap and might be fun to toy with.

And if you want to avoid a constructed tournament, next Saturday's the prerelease of the new set.

Edited by kizudarake, 16 April 2013 - 11:58 AM.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:31 PM

Ok haven't even touched any Dragons maze yet but todays Facebook reveals for Core Set 2014 has me jumping for joy.


Slivers! Ah ya!

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 02:03 AM

Hey, maybe now I can build a Commander sliver deck. (Granted, the main thing stopping me previously was laziness).

Also, Dragon's Maze does not seem to actually contain any DRAGONS. What.

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 08:19 PM

It has a card that turns everything into dragons for a turn. That's something.

IIRC, Niv Mizzet is the only dragon in Ravnica.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 01:32 AM

So... I'm not liking the new Slivers. The old ones were iconic, in every sense of the word. Besides being a famous Magic creature type they were also easily recognizable. Which I think is actually kind of important when playing with them (just like dealing with Elf decks, having them look similar makes identifying pumps just that much easier to grok...) Also they just look like every other modern Magic villain now. At a glance they blend well with New Phyrexians and the Eldrazi drones which is such a bad idea.
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It has a card that turns everything into dragons for a turn. That's something.

IIRC, Niv Mizzet is the only dragon in Ravnica.
An awesome something! Dragonshift isn't the perfect card, but turning all your creatures into dragons is ridiculous.

And Niv technically wasn't the only, just the most famous of the few remaining.
In the original Ravnica block we got him, and Rakdos Pit Dragon and Hunted Dragon. So, I guess other than Niv, the dragons left were kinda down on their luck.
Now the Return to Ravnica block... only three new dragons other than Niv-Mizzet; but they're much more typical of the big, bombastic dragons you'd expect: Hypersonic Dragon, Utvara Hellkite, and Hellkite Tyrant. Oh, and another card of Niv himself. So four dragons!


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 02:07 AM

Oh right, my bad. Totally forgot about those guys.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:43 AM

The new sliver artwork does kind of bug me but they are the adaptive species of Magic. Didn't the Time Spiral sets say something about accelerating their evolution or such.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 06:40 PM

Just noticed, the old slivers buffed ALL slivers, but these just buff slivers you control.

Wonder if we'll get a new legendary sliver to go with them. Or if Wizards is feeling really insane, a sliver planeswalker.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:18 PM

QUOTE(TheMightyMollusk @ May 8 2013, 04:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just noticed, the old slivers buffed ALL slivers, but these just buff slivers you control.

Wonder if we'll get a new legendary sliver to go with them. Or if Wizards is feeling really insane, a sliver planeswalker.


Ah this is a good point. Kinda makes the slivers that much better now that you don't buff an opponents own brood. And what would a Sliver plainswalker be? A new Queen/Overlord/Legion?

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 12:14 AM

Thread Necromancy!

 

Admittedly I haven't been playing much at all but I hear this year we are ditching the Three Set Block and One Core set for Two of Two Set blocks. The Tarkir block is going to be the last three block sets. And just announced the core set will be called Magic Origins and will lorewise be exploring the beginnings of Gideon, Jace, Liliana, Chandra, and Nissa who are going to also be featured in the first of the Two Block sets. So I'm going to be cool with the new stories coming out a bit faster with the potential to both see new planes and revisit older ones both within a year.



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Posted 09 February 2015 - 01:19 AM

I wonder then if their going to put out a separate starter product for new players or chuck newbies in head first into regular magic sets. PErsonally i think the lack of a core sets gonna hurt the game but if it gets us back to phyrexia again im on board.


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Posted 09 February 2015 - 02:28 AM

Why dose the Op sound robotic

 

While unless baring something really awsome showing up in the expanions comeing out Im not going to to be buying much Magic in the near future if fact I have not bought any MTG in a year or so That said.Im not dissing the game theres been some great progress made in the game and some neat products(I still want to het that Chandra t-shirt and maybe her and Liliana's action figuer

 

I been a player of the game sence Ice Age with Tempest being my favorite block followed by Urza Saga I loved it I had a lot of fun with it over the years and some time this week I will be getting with a bunch of kids to show them the ropes of deck building and play mechinics

Im going to give away everything not in my my binder,decks or my retro cards, basicly everything after 9th edtion I will give to the kids

 

 

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I shared the packs with eveyone I had already gotten the cards needed from the set one of my favorite moments of the game

 

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