Are you playing with restrictions and stuff?
― Gravel Puzzleworth, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 16:06 (5 years ago) Permalink
not particularly. there's only one demonic tutor in the black deck, though there could be two i guess. old habits, etc. also, only one sol ring in the green/white deck.
the indentured djinn is unnecessary (what with 4x serendib efreet and 4x sengir vamp) but still fun and low casting cost. i have no force spikes. i played from revised through about weatherlight, then again for mercadian masques. nothing since. i kind of want to pick up some tenth edition boosters, only because i don't want to buy birds of paradise on ebay.
― ian, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 17:35 (5 years ago) Permalink
I could also use some HOWLING MINEs.
― ian, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 18:55 (5 years ago) Permalink
also ideally, i would like some hypnotic specters so that i can take out the indentured djinns.
― ian, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 18:56 (5 years ago) Permalink
Ian, I played for about the same timeframe as you. Last summer a couple friends and I split a box of 10th and were pretty disappointed. What they do now is keep the current edition cards really simple/boring, and put the more interesting cards/cool mechanics in the expansions.
I had a sweet blue/white counterspell deck. Counterspells, disenchants, icy manipulators, and just a couple creatures to finish the job. I had these sweet 2/2 blue/white flying guys who didn't tap to attack, great two-way creature for a deck like that.
― call all destroyer, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 18:59 (5 years ago) Permalink
any one ever play online? not the WOTC approved pay-to-play but the janky lo-fi programs? Doesn't look like there's any for Macs.
Was immensely disappointed when I stumbled upon the Wizards of the Coast headquarters by. Had to pick up some shit at IKEA and it's like right down the road. There were no animitronic dragons flying around and no fireworks displays. Just some shitty modern building with reflective glass windows and a stupid fountain. DUD
― s. morris, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 19:23 (5 years ago) Permalink
Was not at all impressed by Wizards Of The Coast's headquarters. It's like a mile from Ikea in Renton and looks like any other corporate headquarters. I at least expected animatronic dragons or constant fireworks displays or something other than reflective glass and a fucking fountain.
-- s. morris, Monday, October 29, 2007 7:29 PM (3 months ago) Bookmark Link
― ian, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 19:29 (5 years ago) Permalink
and I was totally going to offer to mail you some force spikes. Not anymore, buster!
― s. morris, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 19:31 (5 years ago) Permalink
I would stay away from boosters, though. Stupidly expensive and you'll just end up with a bunch of worthless cards.
― s. morris, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 19:33 (5 years ago) Permalink
Also you'll hate yourself.
I think I'll hate myself just as much if I buy cards on ebay.
I'm not particularly competitive about it; the only person I play with regularly is bell_labs. I do all the deck construction, but I've run out of things to do with my backlog of cards. Any deck I make now will undoubtedly be much weaker than the ones we currently play with. As it is, the red/green deck is at a disadvantage.
― ian, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 19:37 (5 years ago) Permalink
Which of you nerds wants to sell me your old copy of the Talisman board game? Been missing that one lately and it's about as involved a game as I could possibly make time for now.
Oh yeah, I was at Gen Con/Origins '88 bitches! The gender ration at that con successfully cured me of RPGs for the last 20 years.
― Nate Carson, Friday, 29 February 2008 12:08 (5 years ago) Permalink
Take the Magic: The Gathering 'What Color Are You?' Quiz.
― bell_labs, Friday, 29 February 2008 16:03 (5 years ago) Permalink
pretty accurate actually!
You value knowledge, logic, and deceit. You love to pursue wisdom but also to manipulate and deceive. At your best, you are brilliant and progressive. At your worst, you are treacherous and cold. Your symbol is a water droplet. Your enemies are green and red.
― max, Friday, 29 February 2008 16:42 (5 years ago) Permalink
― ian, Friday, 29 February 2008 17:13 (5 years ago) Permalink
I'm making a green/black variation on necropotence using greed & dark heart of the wood combined with drain life/tutors/stream of life/elves that give me forests when they come into play.
― ian, Friday, 29 February 2008 17:14 (5 years ago) Permalink
also channel & initiates of the ebon hand for drain life.
rejuvenate? is that the gain 6 life for 4 card w/ cycling? that's a useful card for this deck.
elves that give me forests when they come into play LLANOWAR ELVES
see i'm learning!
― bell_labs, Friday, 29 February 2008 17:17 (5 years ago) Permalink
i can't find my danged bayous. i know i have two somewhere.
― ian, Friday, 29 February 2008 17:18 (5 years ago) Permalink
NO NOT LLANOWAR ELVES. that's a good, sensible guess though.
ones that let me find a forest card in my deck and put it into play.
wood elves? maybe.
so on sunday my roommate & i played 18 holes of golf then went and bought like $60 each of magic cards. shit is crazy now! they roll out new expansion blocks like every 4 months! (found this out after we just bought some random boxes)
anyway, it was pretty rad for the 7 hrs when we got stoned and opened all the packs, read everything, made decks and played. its still fun, but major diminishing returns(lol not hte card) for sure unless we spend $$ like every week on cards.
― johnny crunch, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 17:36 (4 years ago) Permalink
played a bit last night. thinking about getting back in semi-seriously.
― DUDE, I DON'T LOSE (call all destroyer), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 18:40 (3 years ago) Permalink
I was realllllly into Magic from like, 4th grade to 7th grade - like a 24/7 obsession. I was pretty good and read the magazines and websites on a daily basis - if I had more than $5 a week to spend on the game, I woulda been winning local tournaments left and right. Then one day I just completely lost interest. Thank god it was long before I had the potential to spend real money on the game. The funniest thing is that I looked up to all these local 20 year old guys who had the $$$$ for near-perfect decks. And in retrospect it's like, lol, I was looking up to some of the geekiest people ever.
Despite not really thinking about MtG for 10 years, I am bothered by how much info about the game is permanently lodged in my brain.
― iatee, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 18:59 (3 years ago) Permalink
I remember one point in time where I had this badass green deck made up of relatively cheap and common cards that allowed me to play a dozen creatures in 3 turns and actually compete w/ legit players. It was risky though, cause it was an all or nothing type deal, and I pretty much knew if I was gonna win or not as we drew our hands.
― iatee, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:04 (3 years ago) Permalink
Also there was this one time where I was about to win the local tournament (by tournament I mean like 12 players) and some guy who was watching was like "hey that card you're using, I think it's banned" and he showed me the magazine (The Duelist? I think) and it seemed like he was right, and so he went to the guy who owned the comic book store and that guy decided to just give me 2nd place even though I was winning.
LATER I went home and realized that the card was only banned for like Type 1.1 tournaments or some shit and we weren't playing that. That was the closest I ever got to winning a tournament. But I mean, I was a poor ass 11yo and these dudes were in their 20s - it was pretty hard to compete. The guy who tattled on me did a lot of hard drugs and when you're suburban 11yo it's pretty weird to hear someone talk about their hard drug use.
― iatee, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:11 (3 years ago) Permalink
i have vague memories of playing friendly games in the local card/comic shop's upstairs magic the gathering room (before it burned down) as like a 12 year old. dudes were basically nice but now that i'm a 20-something dude myself i'm not exactly going to be down w/playing against kids at some store. i will play magic the gathering the way i would do anything else--with my friends and over beers.
― DUDE, I DON'T LOSE (call all destroyer), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:23 (3 years ago) Permalink
Okayyy I just spent 10 minutes trying to figure/remember what card it was, and it was this one:
― iatee, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:29 (3 years ago) Permalink
xp was gonna caution u if u somehow meant really serious, the gameplay itself on a advanced/tourney level seems crazily intricate and difficult now just from reading a few articles but yea if thats ur def of semi-serious then more power 2 u itll be rad~
― johnny crunch, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:30 (3 years ago) Permalink
oh, adding to my geek cred - I also remember buying and reading about a dozen of the MtG fantasy-world novels
― iatee, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:36 (3 years ago) Permalink
oh yeah, i have had brief encounters with the magic aspie/dork tournament scene and it's def not for me. i just mean paying attention to cards, buying new cards, reading about stuff. it's a step above what i do now which is play with the same 5-6 decks i've had for five years or possibly longer.
― DUDE, I DON'T LOSE (call all destroyer), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:42 (3 years ago) Permalink
i have a bunch of cards signed by the artists that i got when i was 13. wonder if they're worth anything these days.
― (The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:54 (3 years ago) Permalink
I seem to remember that cards being signed by artists actually didn't make them particularly valuable.
also, imo totally the golden era of the game: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revised_Edition_(Magic:_The_Gathering)
― iatee, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:58 (3 years ago) Permalink
they are doing some crazy mtg 2010 shit look @ this:
― johnny crunch, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 21:43 (3 years ago) Permalink
― ian, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 21:57 (3 years ago) Permalink
btw i have four decks ready to play at bell_labs' house--white/green green/redblue/blackgreen/black
obv i like green. (slow burner.gif)
― ian, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 21:58 (3 years ago) Permalink
the green/black is sort of an aborted necropotence/enchantress deck that i hustled together quickly, and we almost never use that one cuz it's an unlikely winner. when it works it works well, but that is not often :(
― ian, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 21:59 (3 years ago) Permalink
One card-printing error of note appeared on the card Serendib Efreet. This blue creature card was misprinted with a green border and a picture of another card, Ifh-Bíff Efreet. The name, mana cost and rules text were of Serendib Efreet, however. The Revised version is now the most common due to the limited print run of the original, intended versions.
Love this card, pack four of 'em in the blue/black deck.
― ian, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 22:00 (3 years ago) Permalink
i think shroud means it cant be the target of spells or effects
also, that is just some online series or something, not a real card. my bad
― johnny crunch, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 22:06 (3 years ago) Permalink
too many new terms & mechanics with each expansion = one of the reasons i stopped playing. the other main reason was... high school.
― ian, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 22:07 (3 years ago) Permalink
i kind of want 2 get into this but it seems deeply complicated in an unfun way?
― THE BATHYPELAGIC ZONE (Lamp), Thursday, 11 June 2009 01:03 (3 years ago) Permalink
yeah it seems it but if you have any affinity/familiarity with games in general i could teach you to play in about an hour.
― DUDE, I DON'T LOSE (call all destroyer), Thursday, 11 June 2009 03:23 (3 years ago) Permalink
yeah it's not a hard game to grasp, especially if yer just fuckin with the basic sets and not making any attempt to "stay current" or anything. i haven't bought magic cards in... a long time. not long enough that i'd be comfortable saying exactly, but a long time. years.
― ian, Thursday, 11 June 2009 03:58 (3 years ago) Permalink
yah i mean ill fuck w/ catan and zombies and bang and fukken dragonball rpg so i figure i can "get it" but everytime my friends start to explain it the whole thing seems really overly rule-y and limited. sad realness: i kind of just want 2 play because i like the pictures on the cards
― THE BATHYPELAGIC ZONE (Lamp), Thursday, 11 June 2009 04:37 (3 years ago) Permalink
been readin abt new sets and tournament decks this morning. don't even know where there's a decent game store anymore.
― DUDE, I DON'T LOSE (call all destroyer), Thursday, 11 June 2009 15:53 (3 years ago) Permalink
Funny that this got revived because they just announced a set of new rules two days ago to simplify and streamline the game, and make it easier to learn. (Naturally, the hardcore players are up in arms.) Or did you revive because you heard about the new rules, destroyer?
It is a pretty complicated game, but a lot of rules just cover unusual circumstances that rarely come up. The nice thing is most new cards are self-explanatory or intuitive after you've got the basic rules down.
― Vinnie, Thursday, 11 June 2009 19:49 (3 years ago) Permalink
i revived cause i had gotten together with some friends to play, a couple of us had mostly old cards and a couple had mostly new cards (so every game involved a shitload of reading). i read about the rule changes after that. not sure i'm down w/the new combat rules.
picked up 15 alara block boosters on saturday and am opening them now. this set is hilarious, it basically is forcing the issue and making ppl play 3-5 color decks. prob will be fun to put a deck together.
― DUDE, I DON'T LOSE (call all destroyer), Monday, 15 June 2009 01:45 (3 years ago) Permalink
^^^ pull that card out of your hat next time cad
― stone phillips i love u because u r my dad (Lamp), Monday, 15 June 2009 02:37 (3 years ago) Permalink
As an old school dungeon master, it's impossible for me to see Magic as anything but the game that destroyed the attention span of millions of potential RPGers.
And then they WOTC bought TSR, just to add insult to injury.
Total DUD I say!
― Nate Carson, Monday, 15 June 2009 11:11 (3 years ago) Permalink