Let me put it this way: If WotC adopted these frames, I would honestly consider selling everything I own in attempts to collect foil versions of everything.
...anyway. Amazing frames. The only problem I have with them is the expansion symbol. I would prefer it to be at the very bottom left of the card, right next to the artist credit. I don't want the symbol to just be on the typeline (I've always felt that was a mistake made early on in Magic's history that now can't be fixed), and having it in the place you've put it I'm not too sure I like how it interacts with the art.
Aside from that: Font's are good choices, multicoloured lines and some awesome background textures just make this feel more like a real Magic frame than anything I've seen before.
Keep up the good work!
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Jun 9, 2008Grassdragon posted a message on A Tragic Passing: Richie Proffitt, aka PolarBearGod, has just passed awayI've added a tribute to my sig, that's about all I could think of doing.Posted in: News
I'll miss him. Least of all for the great work he did in the Fantasy Art for Card Creation thread. I've spent many an hour killing bandwitdh admiring everything he did for MtGSally.
(Ironically my sig pic seems to fit, even though I made it last year...)
Jun 7, 2008The one on the right.Posted in: Artwork
I can't explain why I like it, it just "feels" like a better border for the art box. I think its because you have the mana cost crossing it, therefore its not such a "hard" edge as the rest of the frame.
(Also, am I correct in assuming you intend to array the power/toughness vertically to the left of the textbox? I can't imagine where the copywrite/set number would go.)
May 22, 2008If I may add my two cents:Posted in: Artwork
The second frame in the first post (Angel of Salvation and Jaya) would be an amazing extended art frame. However, for a "normal" version of the frame, I would suggest two minor alterations.
1) Get rid of the transparency. This enables you to apply a texture to the frame (instead of just a colour) without it clashing with the artwork. Maybe as an example redo Jaya with that texture used in the two Kamahl frames in your second post?
2) Extend the text box all the way to the edges of the card. The attached image (hopefully) shows how I feel this should be done. Maybe even possibly flatten the type box? (extensions shown in red. Excuse my shoddy Paint skills)
Jan 23, 2008Ancestral RecallPosted in: Artwork
Blaze of Glory
Glimpse the Unthinkable
The theme is the original cycle of 1cc instants in First Edition, or at the very least have 1cc in general.
P.S. Has anybody else noticed how well the card type symbols match this frame? It's almost like they were designed to go together. And having the colour symbol in the corner would be useful in some kind of "landless" format where cards become lands.
Dec 16, 2007At the risk of sounding like I'm just going "me too!", title font 8 and the third text box seem to be the best.Posted in: Artwork
The other two text boxes are really obvious, and impact on the artwork (and text in the case of the first one). In any extended art template, the most important thing is making the text as easy to read as possible while still keeping the artwork looking good, and I feel the third frame achieves this with the least "random arbitrary lines" around the text.
Krashbot above has already mentioned why the 8th title font is good, so I don't need to just repeat what they have said.
Look forward to having this available (PSD or even MSE2) soon.
EDIT: Yeah, I would put the mana cost on the left, but I appear to be in the minority about that...
Nov 15, 2007The biggest problem I see with this is the sheer scope of it all. Can you imagine trying to fit arcane magic, divine magic, shadow magic, pact magic, truename magic, psionics, node magic, combat stances, and incarnum all into five colors in one block?Posted in: Speculation
And then inevitably fans would create their own sets based on third-party supplements, like Iron Kingdoms, DragonMech, or The Book of Erotic Fantasy :o.
Magic already has most of the core D&D races and classes as creature types, and personally I'm not missing Bard, Gnome or Drow at all. I'm pretty sure we can even squeeze in Beholders as Eyes. Possibly give them protection from sorceries and instants to mimic the anti-magic eye?
Sep 13, 2007Grassdragon posted a message on [LOR] 4 New cards including Goatnapper... (confirmed)I've seen this ability before. It's "Loyalty—Reveal" from VS. (Not that I play or anything...)Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Still, good to see it being used in a tribal block. Obvious reinforcement of the theme, although on turn one it seems more about luck than skill (*cough*Leylines*cough*). It's the first thing I would think of if I had been working on Lorwyn (and thank the Card Gods I'm not).
Aug 6, 2007There's a (very minor) mistake in the answer to the sixth question (about the Commandeered Delay):Posted in: Articles
Quote from Binary »So regardless of who controls the Delay, it's the spell's owner (the player who started the spell with that game in his/her deck) that will play the spell when the last time counter is removed.
Apart from that, great article as always. I especially liked the narrative style for the first question about the animated land. (Who says rules questions have to be boring?)So regardless of who controls the Delay, it's the spell's owner (the player who started the game with that spell in his/her deck) that will play the spell when the last time counter is removed.
Aug 2, 2007Apologies if this has already been covered/in the wrong place. Just delete this and we can all pretend it never happened.Posted in: Speculation
I first saw this from MaRo's article on Monday:
Quote from Mark Rosewater on Monday »Join me next week when the onslaught begins.
'Possibly there would be some kind of spoilers or something next week, an "onslaught" of new info', is what first went through my head, but then I saw this yesterday:
Quote from Mike Flores on Thursday »The Onslaught doesn't begin this week...
Why is "Onslaught" capitalised? Is this a hint that next week's theme will be the Onslaught set/block?
Jun 9, 2007Just made this in Magic Set Editor. Artwork looks a little squashed.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
NOTE: I'm only guessing the casting cost. Unless one of the many rumourmongers around here wants to correct me, I'm going to assume that it just costs W.
EDIT: Thanks Teppic. Artwork credit added.
Jun 9, 2007•Tribe/affiliation becoming more important than colourPosted in: Speculation
•Players having power and toughness
•System more combat-focused, but no trample, first strike, or protection
•Setting based on another product line, possibly in a different format
...so you're saying that Magic will become WoW?
Sweet. Maybe they can do a crossover set!
Jun 1, 2007Posted in: SpeculationQuote from jesseO_oremember that MaRo's article is appearing friday this week....could be special
MaRo's article is meant to appear next Monday:
Quote from MaRo on Monday, May 21, 2007 »Next week is Memorial Day—an American holiday, for my non-American readers—and magicthegathering.com won't be updating. There will be a cool theme week, though, which I'm going to pick up the Monday after.
So, any massive spoilers that our one true lord MaRo has for us (and anything that could possibly prove Arcian correct) should be up on Monday.
<<edit>> Don't take my post to mean that there will be Lorwyn stuff on monday. Knowing MaRo, it's probably going to be about "writing and creating cards around a set theme" or something just as banal just to screw with us. All I'm saying is that monday is (in my so very humble opinion) the last chance for all the Arcian apologists out there.
May 30, 2007Isn't it a bit early for Lorwyn leaks?Posted in: Rumor Mill Archive
If this is true, damn that's a good card. Seriously, an Island that can't be targeted? Is there any other way to make blue better than red?
This also means a return of the Veldalken. Possibly they are the new "quintessential" blue creature type.
This week just keeps on getting better for me.
May 22, 2007I only have Photoshop Elements 2, so I won't be able to use the .pdf (that's why I'm waiting for it to be done for MSE2). Would get the new version, but I'm a full-time student, so I can't really justify the cost.Posted in: Artwork
You know what I'm going to do first with these new templates? I'm going to re-do Ravnica. Not the set, the ENTIRE block!
May 14, 2007No seriously, stop, I can only absorb so much awesome at once.Posted in: Artwork
Keep up the amazing work. Nothing has made me more excited about being a MSE2 user than these templates right here.
I just wish that I could contribute to this, but I have no skills what-so-ever when it comes to actually making card frames.
May 5, 2007My very first game of MtG was against a Wellwisher/Ageless Entity combo deck.Posted in: Speculation
Put me off green for months. Put me off Elves for life. That's probably the main reason that I started playing black. Black kills things.
Lets hope that they do a cycle of new/unused tribes. Rebels >> Soldiers. Kithkin >> Humans. Drawfs >> Golbins. etc.
May 5, 2007I noticed that as well, but it though that it was such a blatantly obvious hint that somebody else would beat me to it.Posted in: Speculation
Some of the older cards in my hap-hazard collection (I have around 400 random "old" cards from before 8th edition) have amazing flavour, and didn't really have that distinctive "magic" feel to them. Hopefully I can get that feeling back with Lorwyn.
Plus, I came into magic with Fifth Dawn, so I missed the Odyssey tribal bandwagon.
Apr 23, 2007I've been working on my own RPG system for the last 5 years. (It's called Twilight, and may actaully be finished before the end of the universe. Maybe.) I had just made a first draft of my Monster Creation rules, and had to think of something to make.Posted in: Community Discussion
Random neurons fire, and I end up creating a creature called a Grassdragon.
It's not an actual dragon, it got the name for the first people who saw it (and survived), and the title has stuck. It's actually a kind of mobile plant (imagine a miniature T-Rex minus the arms and eyes, and made from bark). It has long green strands coming off its back - that look like massive blades of grass - that it uses to absorb moisture, detect scents, and sense movement by changes in the air. It's a pacifist and gains its sustinance from water and sunlight, but can kill most adventurers with its sharp talons and teeth if attacked.
(I might just add an awful image I drew of it a couple of years ago to this post in the near future)
Apr 22, 2007Grassdragon posted a message on THE OFFICIAL "How'd you do at the Future Sight prerelease?" THREADI made use of the deck change on the first day. Made a little WR build that turned out to be rubish (even managed to flood myself with only 16 lands). Remade it as WB Aggro and actually managed to win a round! (If you know how bad I am, this is quite an achievement.) Turn 2 Blade of the Sixth Pride, turn 4 Plague Sliver! I really hope that Delve appears again because it is just insane!Posted in: Magic General
Second day I tried something new (for me), RG Beatdown. It seemed to work and I had fun with it (even though I went 1-5!). Stormbrow + lots of trample for the win!
Highlight of the weekend came from a trade with a nice young man named Scrabble (apparently he's a judge, been playing since revised, and might even play in the pro tour). In exchange for a couple of PC/FS rares that I had no intention of ever using (Akroma, Angel of Rage, Shivan Wumpus, Epochrasite, Torchling, Magus of the Vineyard, ect.) I got this massive pile of over 200 foils! (They were all common and uncommon, apart from a Brood Sliver and a couple of Kamigawa promo cards)
Can't help but feel that I somehow got ripped off...
EDIT: Thanks for the pm Soulflame. So I've 'traded down' for a large number of foils. I collect foils, and only keep rares in the hope of trading for more foils (apart from the black and white cards I'm hording for my little WB Zombie Madness build.
Apr 21, 2007At my local pre-releases, there has been a recent trend to enforce sideboarding (this is after years of not caring) as opposed to the free build I'm used to.Posted in: Magic General
This was really apparent at Planar Chaos, when the local organiser Lee (bless the bastard) gave us a talk at the start of the first flight about changing cards between games.
Built myself an awful, awful deck. After the first round I made a better deck (using none of the cards from the first deck) and hard to include it as my 'sideboard', which meant that I would lose the first game of every round. (I lost most of the other games, but that is beside the point.)
This time around (as of today) there was no mention of it.
Apr 20, 2007Grassdragon posted a message on Who's Going To What Prerelease - Future Sight EditionI'll be in Adelaide, Australia both days.Posted in: Magic General
Just look for the slightly overweight guy with short brown hair, dressed entirely in green. (I would try and describe my pathetic little wannabe beard, but it defy description. Lets just say its thin and starts about halfway between my chin and my cheekbone.)
I should be at the very bottom of the ranking from the second round onwards.
Apr 12, 2007Grassdragon posted a message on [FS] Molten Disaster & Steamflogger Boss (updated with scans)Anybody played MechWarrior? Maybe contraptions are like that.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
You put these 'contraption' cards (subtype of artefact?) into play face down and somehow 'assemble' them later on (possibly by tapping creatures?) to turn them face up.
I know this sounds like the Morph crossed with Convoke, but without anything more to go on, this is the best I can come up with.
EDIT: Shaharazad beat me to it!
Apr 11, 2007I see Nix as an attempt at a solution to Ravager, about 3 blocks too late. (The least you could do would be to stop some of the artifact lands in the early game).Posted in: The Rumor Mill
In terms of serious discussion, Nix would be a good hoser for the pact cycle (in the same way that Big Game Hunter and Shivan Meteor were good hosers for the bling dragon cycle).
"Boldwyn intimidator", I'm going to stake whatever dignity I can find that this is from Lorwyn block. They have 5 letters in common!
Apr 10, 2007Ironically (at least to me) Enchantment Creature is a much better idea for a new card type then Tribal, seeing as how Tribal so far seems to be nothing more than non-creature cards with creature sub-types (which does not warrant the supertype).Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Apr 10, 2007Grassdragon posted a message on [FS] Goldmeadow Lookout & Fatal Attraction (post #52)Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from HunterThis was just on the news:
Newsflash! Police are investigating a mysterious death in the uptown of our city. A woman was found murdered at her home yesterday. Her husband, said to be working for an international toycompany based in America, has vanished without a trace. The police is calling forth witnesses and is also asking the help of the public in deciphering two clues that may shed some light on the gruesome happenings. In her hand the woman held a crumbled note with the mysterious text: "..... enchantment, instant, land, planeswalker, sorcery and tribal." Also, stabbed on her chest a kind of playing card was attached that reads as follows:
Fatal Attraction 2R
When Fatal Attraction comes into play, it deals 2 damage to enchanted creature.
At the beginning of your upkeep, Fatal Attraction deals 4 damage to enchanted creature.
Does this mean the end of your card previews, Hunter? Or do you think the husband is going to show up at some point?
Love the stories, keep up the amazing work.
Apr 10, 2007If I may just comment on the art... It's beautiful!Posted in: The Rumor Mill
The pouncing pose really shows off flash. The fact that it is covered in gold stripes and has some kind of gold/pearl crown drives home the whole Aztec theme for me.
Plus, 3/3 flash for 4cc is always a good deal to me. The fact that it can protect me from potentially ANY targeting is just the icing on the cake.
Apr 9, 2007You people are missing a very subtle clue about the new card types. Since the types listed in the reminder text are in alphabetical order, the two new types don't have a name that starts with "Aa-" through "Cr-".Posted in: Rumor Mill Archive
EDIT: Not much of a clue, but a clue nonetheless.
Apr 8, 2007Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Bogardan MageIf by three you mean "Three known cards across the entire block". The rule of three is if two expansions in a block do something, the third one does as well. Only one expansion in this block has had Bogardan natives thus far, and it only has two. Two cards does not a trend make, and even less so in a single expansion when you're talking about an entire block.
Damn. This card is so bad it is actually limiting my ability to think rationally!
Apr 8, 2007Grassdragon posted a message on [FS] Keyword ability: 'Absorb', 'Reach' and 'Deathtouch' (Rumored)Wasn't there a mechanic just like Absorb 1 in one of the custom sets on this forum? (Was it Broken Borders? I can't seem to find it anyway).Posted in: The Rumor Mill
EDIT: I think that Reach should be Range instead.
Think about it
1G - Spiderclimb
Enchantment - Aura
The enchanted creature has range (It may block as though it has flying).
Apr 8, 2007Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from eldaecHe's Bogardan. In TSP block. Ergo, he should have flash and a CIP ability, because that's what Bogardans *do* in this block.
Interesting. I'll add "Rule of Three" to the list of things this card does badly.
Apr 8, 2007Grassdragon posted a message on [FS] Pre-release Card: Korlash, Heir to BlackBlade (scan added)@Lellodwin: Dakkon BlackBlade should explain the flavour of Korlash and the sword.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Apr 8, 2007"Cranberry Cricken"?Posted in: The Rumor Mill
You, good sir, are sick.
In all seriousness, this does at least sound better than the wording on Mesmeric Sliver, but I still think something like "then Scry 2 that player" would work. But bounce and fateseal for 5? Seems just a little bit overcosted.
EDIT: Was the photocopies pic attached to THE TOP of the pizza? Eww.
Apr 8, 2007My money is still on "Mount" (or some variation like "Transport" or "Backup") as one of those new card types. Would seem to fit (although I doubt many people would want to ride on a Sliver, even one of the nice looking ones).Posted in: The Rumor Mill
And yes, the use of Fateseal really grates with my sense of grammar. Problem is, I can't think of anything that would sound better and still be in flavour.
EDIT: What's wrong with some sort of variation on "When this permanent comes into play Scry 1 target opponent".
Apr 8, 2007I'm a bit confused by the wording. It applies to all Slivers, not just creatures (more evidence for non-creature Slivers!). And for those of you out there who actual understand the timing rules (I only just learnt how to use Torchling properly!), when do these Slivers get this ability? Because if you word this wrongly, then the ability would trigger before they received it, and so would not happen at all.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Please, pardon my ignorance.
Apr 8, 2007This does seem to be the latest in a long line of "Average cards that you have to work at to make good for their cost".Posted in: The Rumor Mill
I mean, sure, when you swing with it, it almost counts as a 3/3 on turn 3, but forgive me for going back to Bushido for my combat tricks.
Apr 8, 2007Yixlid Jailer sounds like an anagram, but its not. (Unless R&D have a reason to reference "Dairy Jell I XI")Posted in: Rumor Mill Archive
Anyway, good to see colours other then W and U getting lockdown. Reminds me of a Yu-Gi-Oh! card I used to run ("The End of Anubis", for those of you who care).
Apr 5, 2007Posted in: The Rumor MillOf course he is not lying! he is my friend and a respected player!
Apologies for this misunderstanding. Firstly I don't know anything about the Magic scene outside of my own country, and secondly by the time I had posted my message people were confirming it was real, so my own inability to type fast screwed me over.
Again Mr roses, apologies for any offence I have cause you and Axel.
Apr 5, 2007If this is a fake, why would Axel Klipphan do that? Or are you suggesting that he was tricked as well.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
(I can't read Spanish, so I have no idea what the article says)
EDIT: It is real. Damn you modem lag!
Apr 5, 2007This is only the second of the futureshifted cards I've seen that I actually like the artwork (first was Pre-release edition Korlash). It seems to fit the curve a lot better then most of 'shifted art so far.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Sep 13, 2006Am I the only one thinking of using it as milling fodder in a Circu, Dimir Lobotomist deck? It would be a great replacement for Man-o'-War given that it can actually be used for something other then the bounce.Posted in: New Card Discussion
Sep 10, 2006Grassdragon posted a message on New Cards and Close Scans *Update* 100% Confirmed, a Certain White Legend Back tooIs it just me, or does Magus of the Jar look a lot like a "fixed" Memory Jar?Posted in: News
Lets hope this one won't get banned before it sees Tournament play.
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