• posted a message on Random Card of the Day for 5/28: Gone Missing
    A very solid common, about the second best, after Purge.

    Though I am starting to get tired of pointing out to people that they can play the exile ability only as sorcery Smile
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
  • posted a message on The Prodigal Sorcerers
    Quote from Onering »
    We learn that Portal Second Age takes place AFTER Time Spiral, as the cannons used by the Talas pirates are described as fancy new weapons and initially mistaken by the pov character for magic, while the Talas themselves are a familiar peril.


    I do not think at all that it means what you suggest. If you mean this quote:

    From the pirates, a double boom sounded—a heartbeat of iron and thunder. In an instant, he saw them: two cannonballs linked by a chain of crackling energy, spinning around each other like a bolo, so fast he could barely make them out. What make of magic was this?


    I think that he is familiar with cannons, he is just wondering how they made a ultra-fast cannonball bola with a lightning chain. Wink

    The story was great. Reminds me of The Gathering Dark and the description how the Dominarian people just started to learn to use magic and mana.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Tamiyo EMN
    Quote from elrond943 »
    Next set Liliana of the Veil and Jace the Mind Sculptor will be our two walkers. Trolololol

    But in all seriousness, it's kind of a toss up between tamiyo and tibalt as possible second walkers. Liliana is a shoe in.


    Sure. One is an obscure walker who nobody liked, with no role in current storyline. The other used to be an obscure walker from the same set, but is in the current storyline, referenced and depicted on cards, even having its own stories.

    Total toss-up, yeah.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Magic Story Articles Discussion: Shadows Over Innistrad Block [No Spoilers]
    Quote from Tanukimo »
    I wonder if Wizards has the guts to have Innistrad be destroyed. Without Avacyn it seems to lose a lot of its appeal. It would make show that they are willing to sacrifice things for the sake of the story. Even if it doesn't happen with Innistrad, I would like it to happen to at least one plane, since it seems like killing planeswalkers is a big no-no.


    Entire cultures of Mirrodin?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Magic Story Articles Discussion: Shadows Over Innistrad Block [No Spoilers]
    Quote from NotMyName »
    Did a search. All I could find were lots of old posts with people whining, and other people liking it. It seems to me that the "Lorwyn is too cute" thing is just a myth, that keeps on getting repeated. (Even if someone posted something there is no way I can actually find it. There's gotta be a million posts mentioning Lorwyn and cute on this site, and honestly, Google is even more scattered. This is one of those things that isn't really searchable.)


    Old MaRo article/podcast. But I cannot find it just now either.

    Basically, what he said was that their retrospective market survey has shown that the overly bright nature of Lorwyn and the sometimes very weird illustrations and names (boggarts etc.) were not so successfully accepted by players as they expected.

    Just for the record, I really loved Lorwyn as well, and the concept of the dark mirror of Shadowmoor.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Magic Story Articles Discussion: Shadows Over Innistrad Block [No Spoilers]
    Quote from Jenrik »

    Lorwyn is a beautiful idyllic paradise that should be visited after Kamigawa. And MaRo, Market Research, and Hasbro are just going to deal.


    Both blocks were kind of failures for greater audience. Lorwyn too cute and fairytale. Kamigawa because of choosing non-resonant and unfamiliar tropes. Time Spiral was kind of the same - too much nostalgia oriented and again sometimes undecipherable for non-invested players.. I cannot see them returning there,at least not in the way you want.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Magic Story Articles Discussion: Shadows Over Innistrad Block [No Spoilers]
    Quote from Ashiok »
    Quote from Jenrik »
    ]Because AVR was all about freeing Avacyn and celebrating that. It was claimed at the time that this was intended as WOTC finally giving the story a positive ending. Which they shied away from making entirely positive, claiming the darkness on Innistrad still lingered, but humanity's hope at least returned. Avacyn was also one of the only plane bosses we know who was aware of planeswalkers and actually had multiverse agendas, sending Vronos after Garuuk to retrieve and heal the planeswalker. She was a genuinely good and caring character, even beyond Innistrad . Which is a rare thing to find in the war and hopelessness emphasis of this game (which I resent and find one dimensional at this rate).

    Guess we can't have anything nice.

    It was refreshing having a character like Avacyn and an angel that might stick around. It's so annoying how angels in the story are treated, despite being the most popular creature type (perhaps next to or after Dragons). But whatever, let's just go back to herpy derpy killy willy demon silly.
    Well, I can say for sure what would not have worked: going back to AVR. People didn't like Innistrad because it was all angels and hope and light, etc. People liked Innistrad because of its flavor of ghotic horror world. That's what people expect returning from Innistrad, and Maro made it pretty clear that BFZ was not well received because it returned to ROE instead of Zendikar (a thing that you yourself complained about a lot).

    And finally, I think you're just mistaken. The lore of magic is loosely similar as to what you can expect from an RPG campaign, and that is not war and hopelessness, it is about conflict. Conflict is what keeps people moving inside an RPG game and generally in fiction storylines. There are always emphasis on the problems and on the bad things, because that's what the heroes or the adventures are there to solve. That's why you get so much emphasis on the threats, because the heroes need to make an active effort to keep them in check. Without conflict, fiction stories are bland (and I could argue that stories in general are bland without it). And not sure what you mean by 'not keeping things positive'. The very last story arc of BFZ in the end was all about saving a world from the threat of planar-wide destruction. The good guys won, the world is rebuilding, that is a positive ending. It is not an ending that I agree with, but it is one data point against what you claim this game to be all about.


    Kinda funny how Jenrik keeps picking the wrong side of defined setting.

    In BFZ,he was all rage about "where is my adventure world????", despite it being clear above all doubt that we are seeing a sequel to RoE,not ZEN-WWK.

    Now,Wizards did the right thing - going back to Innistrad,not AVR. And it is wrong again.

    I understand your sentiment,Jenrik (well,more than your irrational love for blue),but the death of Avacyn will probably serve greater purpose - I can see finally some character development for a couple of people,preferably Sorin.

    What we lost was an unique concept of a character (given her creation and the magic balance),that I am not denying.

    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Magic Story Articles Discussion: Shadows Over Innistrad Block [No Spoilers]
    Quote from Jay13x »
    Quote from Caranthir »
    Holy crap.

    Doug Beyer actually learned to deliver a readable story Gaping

    The first person viewpoint was also a nice touch.

    I am just a "little bit" disappointed we did not get more backstory/worldbuilding stories, not learned more about the angels corruption, or the vampire crusade...no Bruna, no Gisela, no Sigarda, etc.

    Wonder what the next two weeks will bring (and who), before we start with EMN.
    I'm surprised at how many people don't like Legends or their stories.

    I think we got a fair balance between the two kinds of stories, and even the plot-centric ones did a good job of world-building. It remains to be seen how critical some of the side stories, like Arlinn Kord's, the Gitrog Toad (Not likely), and Odric/Thalia's will be.



    Definitely. All the SoI stories were good. I just would wish there were more Smile

    Still hoping for Arlinn actually having a role to play in EMN.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day for 5/28: Gone Missing
    Dance with Devils is playable. This...is not. Too high cost and sorcery.
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
  • posted a message on Magic Story Articles Discussion: Shadows Over Innistrad Block [No Spoilers]
    Holy crap.

    Doug Beyer actually learned to deliver a readable story Gaping

    The first person viewpoint was also a nice touch.

    I am just a "little bit" disappointed we did not get more backstory/worldbuilding stories, not learned more about the angels corruption, or the vampire crusade...no Bruna, no Gisela, no Sigarda, etc.

    Wonder what the next two weeks will bring (and who), before we start with EMN.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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