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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    I might volunteer in exchange for certain promises from the others, especially if the Demon player is winning by a lot. Can't attack me for two rounds, you have to use a certain activated ability to my benefit, etc.
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Quote from Lasersharp »
    @Stardust: Yep, it's the Demon's Dilemma... I have a feeling this is probably just gonna be a 5/4 flying for 3BB in 1v1 games as I don't think your opponent would want to draw two cards for such a price, but how would it do in large multiplayer games?

    I would have trouble choosing what to do. Everyone choosing "Do Nothing" is clearly best, but if that's best, someone's likely to take advantage of that. Uh, like me, for example!

    I've got a similar card in my game, Merchant's Dilemma. Each opponent secretly chooses to take a gold or not. You gain a gold for each opponent who does. I guess that's more like tempting offer directly...
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Nice one. Thopteria, aka Kaladesh.

    Quote from Kankennon »
    I haven't seen the newest Bourne movie yet. I also missed the Jeremy Renner one. I don't watch as much as I used to because I'm not in the video industry anymore. Shrugs

    The Jeremy Renner one was much better than I was expecting it to be, but I was expecting it to be pretty terrible, so not great overall. Probably better than the new one though. The Bourne Identity is one of my favourite movies, and by far the best of the series, so I feel like I should give these other movies a shot. Especially when they keep casting my favourite actresses! Usually I'm disappointed though.
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Quote from Lasersharp »
    Demon of Cruel Decisions 3BB
    Creature - Demon [Mythic rare]
    Flying
    When Demon of Cruel Decisions enters the battlefield, each opponent secretly chooses 'take the money' or 'do nothing'. Then each opponent reveals his or her choice. Each opponent who chose 'take the money' draws two cards. If an opponent did, each opponent who chose 'do nothing' loses 3 life. If all opponents chose 'take the money', each opponent loses 6 life and you draw five cards.
    5/4
    Demon's Dilemma!

    Quote from Kankennon »
    Bournithopter 0
    Artifact Creature - Thopter
    Flying
    If you control Matt Damon, all Thopters you control gain +2/+2
    0/2

    I watched Jason Bourne last night. It wasn't very good. Nicky was always a favourite character of mine, and Alicia Vikander (despite being one of my favourite actors) was a poor substitute in the story. Also, way too much techno magic ("There's a cell phone in the room! I can remote into the computer and delete the files!"). 4/10... maybe 5 if I was feeling generous.
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Mournithopter 0
    Creature - Thopter
    Flying
    When Mournithopter dies, return it to your hand at end of turn.
    If you don't give me a nice eulogy, I'm not coming back.
    0/2

    Scornithopter 0
    Creature - Thopter
    Flying
    Whenever Scornithopter attacks, it deals 1 damage to the defending player.
    If I'm better than Ornithopter, I'm better than you. *sneer*
    0/2

    Warnithopter 0
    Creature - Thopter
    Flash, Flying
    When Warnithopter enters the battlefield, untap target creature you control.
    Hey! Look at that! No, I'm not joking this time! For real!
    0/2

    Cornithopter 0
    Creature - Thopter
    Flying
    Whenever you are attacked by a bird creature, destroy Cornithopter.
    A scarecrow, it ain't.
    0/2

    Whoops, missed the mark with that last one, I fear. As if we needed to make Storm Crow even more powerful than it already is. Sweat
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    posted a message on Avalon Mafia Sign-Ups
    Took a new job recently that starts in earnest January. I suspect I'll have time for a mafia game here and there in the future, but let me get my feet under me first. Have fun with this one. Smile
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Don't worry. It's covered in a thin layer of MgO. Handling the stuff in an oxygenated environment (ie: the atmosphere) is quite safe.
    Posted in: Clans
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Those two are also on my list, and also yet to be seen.
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Quote from Lord Grey »
    Hmmmm. Metal dice? Sounds intriguing.

    They aren't much good for rolling, but the weight difference is incredible. They look more or less identical, but one is 11x heavier than the other. It's pretty cool to hold them both in your hand together, and the look on people's faces when you pass them the light one followed by the heavy one is priceless.

    I'm a materials engineer who plays a lot of tabletop games, so when I saw these online, they called to me. Smile



    Kank, yeah, I'll probably go see it, though maybe not until the new year. You going opening night?
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    1) One pair of safety glasses.
    2) Two dice - one magnesium, the other tungsten.
    3) Three whiteboard markers.
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    FYI, moving is hard work. Our house is looking more or less like a house should finally, after two days hard labour. Just ignore the random crap piled here and there, please.
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Quote from Lasersharp »
    (Also, Let It Go (from Frozen) is not technically a Christmas song, but I tend to associate it with the season as well. I suppose the same can be said for several other songs from Frozen as well.)

    I must confess, Frozen is actually one of my favourite movies. Top 20, for sure.

    Also, I like the hippo song.
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Quote from Lord Grey »
    Aside from that, I had a great time Grin ! So how are things for you?

    Good! Had a rough couple of years there without you guys, but things are going well now. I'm happy. Seeing the interior of my house for the first time today at 3:00 too! Hopefully I don't hate it.
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    [The Crafters] are gonna party like it's 2012.

    Hi Grey! How's it going for you these days? Been quite a few years now.
    Posted in: Clans
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    That is a strategy, but it doesn't always work out. If each other player competes against you once, then continues to compete against you (as you compete against them), they get the same amount of gold as you every time - except that one time they got 3 and you got 0. At the end of the day, there is no perfect strategy. It seems the most successful players are usually shifting alliances several times throughout the game. It's really way more fun than I ever thought possible.
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Thanks, Aurora!
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Quote from Lasersharp »
    @Stardust: Yeah, I didn't know if having an "almost-truth" would make it too hard or not... If I had put the statement about doing 100 star jumps within 2:30 there, would you have considered picking that one?

    Only Aurora could do that many, and you are not Aurora. Wink


    I finished the first draft of my sell sheet for Merchant's Dilemma tonight. Looks pretty good! The idea with this is I send it to publishers (or hand it over in person), they read it, then decide if they want to ask for a copy of the game for playtesting. So what do you think? If you were a publisher, would you want to playtest Merchant's Dilemma based on this one page alone?

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxOdGoAbzTY5X3lYbE9QTUVvWU0

    Happy to hear any feedback you fine folks have!

    Stardust
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Quote from Lasersharp »
    Yeah, I tried to be a bit tricky with the music one, but Stardust saw right through it. :p

    As I was looking at your possible lies, I decided that you probably think like me. Turns out I was right!
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Not 5, no. Dominion is pretty well known to be a great game, but most haven't tried Quantum. Fantastic game. Very simple, but very deep, and plays almost like a puzzle at times.

    Since there are only two left... I'm getting possession of my house next week, and it does have a large yard and is close to Nose Hill Park, the largest park in Calgary. I haven't even seen the inside personally yet! My parents and realtor took a lot of video and we just went for it blind.

    And that leaves Kiku. The starry night alter is something I've had in mind for a long time, but I've never had the will to do it. Maybe that was too hard. Frown

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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Nanowrimo! That's cool! Well done for getting it finished. I tried that years ago and only made 35k before running out of time. Never finished that story. What's yours about?
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    I'm going to go with... 3 is the lie?

    And no, my 4 is true as well. I downloaded the game because I thought Oliver would like it. He does. A lot! I didn't think I'd have as much fun playing it as I have though.
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Sorry, folks. 3 is true (though the accusations were made in jest). Try again!

    I'm surprised people didn't get yours right away, Manders. Only one of those options is completely ridiculous! :p

    Congrats on the marriage, vliger*. Thinking of becoming a crazy mom sometime too, or is the aunt your aspiration?

    *didnt I used to call you something?... maybe it was just Abby. I'll have to check on that.
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Four Truths and a Lie

    1) I altered a Kiku, Night’s Flower with Van Gogh’s Starry Night as the background.
    2) I bought a house here in Calgary with a large backyard and close to a large park.
    3) My new job at SAIT is replacing my father after his retirement, leading to accusations of nepotism.
    4) I have caught 114 different types of pokémon in Pokémon GO.
    5) My top three favourite table-top games are Quantum, Dominion, and EDH.
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    posted a message on Avalon Mafia Sign-Ups
    Pff, /out.
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    That... could be a better nickname, in retrospect.
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Quote from vligerdragon »
    Wait, wait, wait. Manders is back AND Stardust is back? Is this some parallel universe?

    Welcome back, you two. Smile

    You've been transported back to the year 2012.

    You didn't answer my question though! What's up, vd?
    Posted in: Clans
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Hello, Crafters. I'm back! Got a new job working as a welding and metallurgy instructor at SAIT, a technical college in Calgary. Glad to be back in Alberta, and I'm looking forward to the 10 weeks vacation! Point is, they don't have an internet filter. So, uh, hi!

    My son is almost 5 now and loves to paint on Magic cards. I don't have any on hand that I can show off, but we've been having fun with that still.

    My major crafting work recently has been on game design, actually. Like, board games. My primary project is called Merchant's Dilemma, a game inspired by the prisoner's dilemma where players choose to either cooperate or compete. Cooperation nets you 2 gold each, competition nets you 1 gold each, but if you compete while your opponent cooperates, you get 3 and they get 0. There are buildings and contract cards that change the game or give you abilities, but the core of the game is that negotiation. The game itself is way more fun than I'd thought it would be at the outset, and I'm pretty far along in it's design now after a few dozen play tests. Currently working on prettying everything up and creating a sell sheet so I can try to get this thing published.

    How are you guys doing? I'm not going to go back and read the few hundred pages I missed, so you'll have to fill me in! Smile
    Posted in: Clans
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    posted a message on Avalon Mafia Sign-Ups
    /in
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    posted a message on Magic Storyline Resources (The Stories and Lore Are Here)
    Fair enough. Wizards' own link to them is broken, but I'll try to just search through the archives manually.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Magic Storyline Resources (The Stories and Lore Are Here)
    Hey guys! Nice list you've got here.

    I'm trying to track down the Kamigawa vignettes, which is missing from your list, but all the links Google can give me are 404'd. Does anyone have a link to their new location? Hopefully they didn't just get pulled down by Wizards.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on The Mafia Council & Helpdesk Thread
    Quote from Wheat_Grinder »
    Well, that was tried at one point; diestoremoval.com I think it was called. It didn't really work.

    Ahem. Just because you never came back doesn't mean everyone else stopped playing! :p

    DTR has never not had at least one active game going, and though we've only got about a dozen players, it's the only place I've found where I can actually play mafia like I want to play. I grew to love this game here on MTGS and would still be playing here if it weren't for the site change blocking me. DTR really has been a decent second choice, though. At least for mafia. Wink
    Posted in: Mafia
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    posted a message on Ob Nixilis's backstory and the Return to Zendikar.
    Interesting. Return to Zendikar is inevitable thanks to the huge sales of that block and that they've been tying it in with other storylines so frequently, but I never expected to see Ob Nixilis back again. Happily surprised about this!
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on [New Info] Magister of Worth
    Quote from CameronD
    Its a draft BOMB! This poor guy though, he's always going to be picked last in the end. Like the fat kid for dodgeball.


    Hill Giants are still okay in limited. Maybe 10th or 11th pick in the final pack. That might not be true for Cube though...

    Also, I'm not first picking this guy if there's a JTMS alongside him, you know? You have to weigh the probability that one very good card is better than two later on. Being able to wait for signals makes him tough to pass up though...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on [New Info] Magister of Worth
    Quote from CameronD
    So wait? You draft the clockwork librarian face up and can draft another card from that pack only after you return the librarian? Am I reading this right? Whats the point? Why wouldn't I just take the orginal card I wanted in the first place? Unless there are additional drating rules? Like could you force the person next to you to pick the card with the lowest cmc? Or they can only draft a certain color? That would jack people up. Maybe the conspiracy is in how you draft and not so much in how you play? This is getting stranger all the time.


    Draft it, then later in the draft, take two cards instead of one. Doesn't have to be the same pick, or even the same pack. I'd be first-picking this guy every time.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on [New Info] Magister of Worth
    First-pickable, certainly.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on [New Info] Magister of Worth
    Quote from Psionystic
    Okay, ran the center section from Bugsy through some cipher software:

    artifact creature cqnstruct draft cogwork librarian face up as you draft a card you may draft an additional card from that booster pack if you do put cogwork librarian into to at booster pack

    Hmm... This looks like a Magic card!


    Either Cube (casual) or online only (Vintage masters?).

    No way they could make this work in a real tourney...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on [New Info] Magister of Worth
    Quote from Bugsy
    bqwaheqxqhxy4xqmhoxgmgqpxmcqpgbyjmqcgmuqxomgvzkvqwaheqxqhxyoxgpctxjrvcuqxomxgxqurvcnxruqxomxyxuuhmhvyxagxquoqvnmdxmevvjmpqtxgwhorvcuvtcmgvzkvqwaheqxqhxyhymvmvxmevvjmpqtxgw3/3gvyjthqxgr


    Well, it's not a Caesar cipher...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Guess the Person Who Will Post Next
    Nope!

    Did Grey see that one coming?
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    pet snake, are you still playing Saffi or is your sig just out of date? I remember giving some card advice for that deck ages ago!
    Posted in: Clans
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Quote from Zephynoir
    Telescope? =O Isn't space glorious ^w^


    Totally. Looking forward to it.

    EDIT: Whoa, new page. Congrats on the engagement, Z, and welcome to the clan!
    Posted in: Clans
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    posted a message on Is it possible
    So Grandmother Sengir's not a vampire at all... You learn something new every day.

    *That's "Ravi", by the way.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on A theory on Athreos
    Couldn't athreos be the patron of asphodel?


    Phenax is considered the god of the Returned already (no matter what colour the Returned are in a particular polis).

    Besides, as the boatman, the Returned are basically the opposite of what Athreos stands for.
    Posted in: Storyline Speculation
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Yeah, we've gotta get a solid foot of snow on the ground before they'll be talking about that. Mind you, that would have to be over a 24 hour period or something. We've got much more than a foot already.

    That's okay though. I love the snow. We don't even get enough in this area to make good use of our snowshoes though, so I'd actually be good with even more. The wife and I took Oliver out almost-camping at a nearby provincial park a couple weeks ago. We didn't spend the night, but stayed long enough for a several hour hike on the lake (Oliver rode in a sled most of the way) and a campfire to cook our dinner and some mostly warm smores. The stars outside the city are so amazing.

    Speaking of which, I actually just ordered a telescope online! Looking forward to checking out Jupiter or something. I'll have to look up when and where cool stuff is going on so I can make use of this thing.
    Posted in: Clans
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    posted a message on Xenagos Plainswalk?
    He gives his target haste, not plainswalk...

    Oh, wait! This is the thread you're looking for: http://forums.mtgsalvation.com/showthread.php?t=587432

    (Short answer: Yes, he can planeswalk.)
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Quote from Kahedron
    Ziggy Is your next line going to be Get off my Lawn!!!?


    Nah. I just think it's funny that I go to work every day in -35 and you guys are complaining that they don't shut down the city when it gets to -20. Wink
    Posted in: Clans
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Quote from Yomako
    I wish they had the decency to do that here...


    You don't know what cold is. The record low for the entire UK is -27.2°C; that's over the last 200+ years. We see that on a weekly basis throughout the entire winter.
    Posted in: Clans
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    posted a message on [Modfia] 9: Industry Mafia - Titans of Industry GAME OVER: TOWN WIN
    Gotta say, I'm glad I /out'd for this one. I followed along a bit and... yeah. Endless Day 1's! Hoora! Uhh
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    posted a message on Please Require Staff To Have Itrader
    This thread is pretty wacky. We've got moderators as taser-weilding cops and infractions are now murder. Awesome.

    This issue is pretty simple. Simple enough that you don't need crazy analogies. Here you go!
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    Quote from Wildfire393
    Trading is a privilege of being in good standing on this site.


    That's pretty much all there is to it. I personally don't want to trade with people who aren't in good standing because they've got less to lose if they do rip someone off.
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    posted a message on Meddling Mage and Non English Languages.
    Yeah, you don't even have to know the name in any language. So long as you can describe the card in enough detail that it uniquely identifies the card, you're good. A judge would always help you with this process.

    "Meddling Mage naming that red instant that costs 1 red mana and deals three damage" is just as good as saying "Meddling Mage naming Lightning Bolt."
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    posted a message on Deck/Commander to (ab)use "Act of Treason" effects?
    My Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker ran a ton of Threaten effects. Running a bunch of sac outlets gets more value from your tokens anyway, so sac'ing their guys after Threaten is just a bonus. Stealing your opponents' good EtB guys (Sylvan Primordial) lets you kill enchantments in mono-red too (by copying the Threatened guy with Kiki-Jiki).

    This deck was around before Prime Time got banned though. Damn was that powerful.
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    posted a message on Why TSTTBTSNBN?
    Legions was apparently a bad book. Scourge was also. Never read them myself (nor had I heard that acronym until today), but they're basically universally derided for trampling all over continuity. For that reason, most choose to ignore any storyline implications from those novels.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Defeating the Eldrazi
    Quote from BorgMan
    The fact that the Eldrazi are bound to Zendikar is a Hedron thing. They can't be destroyed and resummoned because they can't leave the plane. An RFG effect would cause their whole being to desintigrate: not just their body, but their soul (as far as they have one) as well. Also, because of the Hedrons, Memnarch's soul traps probably can't fetch an Eldrazi soul (see above) either.

    Okay, sure. Let's say I agree with all of the above. Do you think a simple spell like Disintegrate is going to be enough to beat them? I'm not saying that they can't be RFG'd, just that regular run-of-the-mill exile spells simply aren't going to be enough to deal with them. Three oldwalkers couldn't beat them. They surely tried a Swords to Plowshares...

    Quote from BorgMan
    On a side note: what would happen if Karn would implant the powerstones into an Eldrazi? Would Glacian's essence kind of take over the body? Would it try to reason with the Eldrazi mind (as far as it has one)?

    Probably they would suck the mana from the powerstones, thank Karn for the appetizer, then eat him as the main course. Not sure where you're getting the idea that the two stones have the ability to control someone's mind...
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Defeating the Eldrazi
    Bolas did release them, though we don't yet know why. Probably because he can dodge whatever plane they're on so long as they're running loose (so why should he care?). When he finally wants to use them, he ought to be a good enough blood mage (like Sorin) to lure them to whatever plane he wants to destroy (Kamigawa?).

    Anyway, on removing from the game, the flavour is much different depending on the card. Mostly it's either because the body gets disintegrated so there's nothing left to go to the graveyard or they're sent into some kind of purgatory. I don't think RFG effects would be especially useful against the Eldrazi as far as the storyline is concerned.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Defeating the Eldrazi
    It was ambiguous. I can't remember the wording (it was in the final act of the Eldrazi webcomic if you want to check), but I remember it being clear that if Ugin is alive, he's no longer imprisoned by Bolas.

    EDIT: "Because I know where Ugin lays. I put him there myself, not so long ago."

    Not as ambiguous as I remembered! He's probably dead. If not, imprisoned - but the way Bolas goes on to talk about Ugin's secrets implies he can't exctract more information from the spirit dragon.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
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    posted a message on Where is your imagination based?
    Interesting question. I've never really been able to imagine an actual image. For example, I can't even bring up an image of my wife's face (whether in front of me or behind my eyes), though I could give you a detailed description. What nebulous "visual" imaginings I can bring up are clearly behind my eyes rather than in front of me, but it's always very abstract (though the thoughts surrounding the abstract visuals might be quite detailed).

    Through training, I am able to "see" lines that I want to draw and imagine how they would look before putting them on paper. But I still can't just have my mind throw the entire image up for me. I have to go through the process of "drawing" those lines, one by one, and seeing how it'll look. This thread has given me insight into why I'm 100% able to reproduce an image or object that's in front of me, but completely unable to draw something from nothing. I think something's wrong with me. Tongue
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Quote from Yomako
    Stardust, your avatar likes walking Smile


    It's a pretty sophisticated gif. If you watch it for about an hour, you'll notice that the background does slowly move behind the walking stickman.

    I like to imagine that if you watched it long enough he would eventually free himself from the endless desert, but we all know that not all stories have happy endings.
    Posted in: Clans
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Quote from vligerdragon
    Stardust, I love you. That was amazing.


    Rofl

    I know, right! Dinner With Andrea is my favourite of the short stories. "By the end of Act One of this private little torture-porn movie, I was confessing to every unsolved crime in history. Praying I would stumble upon the one that would satisfy my invisible captors." Grin
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    If you want a laugh, check out these reviews for some sugarfree gummy bears. There's some good storytelling in there. You won't be disappointed.

    http://www.amazon.com/Haribo-Gummy-Candy-Sugarless-5-Pound/product-reviews/B000EVQWKC/ref=cm_cr_pr_btm_helpful?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=byRankDescending
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    posted a message on Defeating the Eldrazi
    Quote from hairlessThoctar
    The problem with that is that some artifacts are way too stinking big for that to work.
    Darksteel Forge for instance.


    Yep. The thought had crossed my mind, but I don't really like the idea of someone summoning a forge that size either. I'll just stick with my original answer of storyline/game-play segregation.
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    posted a message on Defeating the Eldrazi
    Storyline/game-play segregation, I guess. If I had to take a stab, the planeswalkers bring the artifacts with them and use mana to charge them, making them ready to use.

    It's not that I don't think it could be done, just that we've never seen it. Dozens of references exist in MTG lore for summoning creatures. Dozens of references exist for building artifacts. None exist for summoning artifacts.

    In any case, even if we did agree that artifacts are summoned, the info we've got on the Eldrazi makes it pretty explicit that they're different from anything we've ever seen. Artifacts use mana to operate (or to summon them, if you like). The Eldrazi exist outside the confines of normal mana. They're both colourless, but one is the absence of colour and the other is any colour. Does that make sense?
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    posted a message on Not really good with girls, need some advice
    She screwed up. Then you screwed up. You should probably just call her and talk about why you're upset instead of turning her broken promise into something it's not. If the broken promise is the issue, talk about it. If the issue is her not contacting you first, talk about it. Maybe you should even ask her how she felt about your overreaction and talk about that too! Communication is always important, but now you're severing communication (or at least making it harder) at a time when communication is essential.

    It doesn't matter who's right or wrong. Talking to a bunch of anonymous MTG players online is not going to save your relationship. Talking to your girlfriend might. Maybe you should do that if you value this girl.
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    posted a message on Defeating the Eldrazi
    Artifacts aren't the same as colourless magic. That I can recall, we've never actually seen anyone summon an artifact. They're built. To work in game they have to count as spells and use mana to cast them, but as far as the storyline goes, I don't think we can count them as colourless. At least, not colourless in the way that the Eldrazi or Ghostfire are.

    Basically, I don't think artifacts would be any more effective at dealing with the Eldrazi than anything else. They're still powered by regular, run-of-the-mill mana.
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Yeah, Standard is what I'm talking about. Won't see play anywhere else.

    It might not see play immediately (lots and lots of removal is being played right now), but I think it'll be a heavy hitter at some point in its Standard life.

    I heard it went up on SCG for $1 and quickly sold out. Relisted at $5 or something. Someone over there must have missed that it was mythic.
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    posted a message on Stupidest plays you've seen in EDH.
    I'd been talking about how I'd thrown Homeward Path in my creature-heavy deck, which was good since my opponent was playing a deck with quite a few theft effects. Unfortunately, I hadn't drawn it yet and was bitching about that fact since I was having a hard time getting in for much damage considering he'd stolen a couple good blockers.

    Finally the time came for my opponent to combo off, casting Turnabout a couple times and drawing into a Skyscribing. He didn't have enough to finish me off, but we both drew 50 some-odd cards. He mulled it over for a bit, then decided he couldn't win that turn (since I'd Krosan Gripped his Mind Over Matter), so he cast Eternal Dominion and copied it a couple times instead.

    I, of course, had drawn into my Homeward Path. Whoops.
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Tribute Phoenix seems decent. Vanilla 5/5 flying for 4 in red would see pretty heavy play in most metas. This is slightly worse, but I suspect still good enough. Unlike most "opponent chooses" cards, tribute is all upside. Fanatic of Xenagos will see heavy play too. He's super good.

    I think you're right about Commander though, Sharpie. The ones we've seen so far are way too vanilla to make a real impact. Probably all of them will be.

    Got Smash Up for Christmas. Have you played that one, Redwood? It's a pretty fun game. We must have played a couple dozen games over the few days I was at my parents' place. Picked up the expansion once we got back home and it's lots of fun too. Zombies vs. Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. Dinosaurs vs. Communist Bears! What's not to like!
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    posted a message on Defeating the Eldrazi
    Quote from Avatar
    So Koth is a kind of narrow-minded bigot? Using enemy's tech is something as old as warfare itself, especially if when makes sense.


    It wasn't so much that Venser was using Phyrexian tech, but that he was using Phyrexian tech to create a vessel capable of spreading Phyrexian tech all over the multiverse. Koth was afraid of the potential of such a vessel, and what it would mean if his enemies got ahold of it.
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Quote from Yomako
    I heared that they have ironed out most of the problems Smile

    Though I suspect not the one that matters most. I'll try to come around occasionally anyway. I'm practicing on my phone right now!


    Quote from Kahedron
    Ziggy is just bitter because he knows he is never going to get the trophy he truly desires, Storyline poster of the year. :p

    Everyone knows I'm, like, the fifth best poster in that subforum. Close enough. Grin

    Quote from vligerdragon
    Stardust: Given the epic dragon alter I have from you, you should be here. Also, it's not St. Patrick's day without you, so you should stick around.

    Don't worry, Abby. You're my Patrick all the year round. Wink

    I've really gotta finish that Chandra alter...
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Hi Yomako! I might be around from time to time. Word on the street is the move to Curse might actually happen soon.

    Quote from Russian Alara
    Congratulations on getting a new position you know where.

    You talking about the Watchdogs? That was a joke.

    Quote from vligerdragon
    STARDUST!!!! I've missed you. Grin

    I miss you too, Abby! Speaking of knitting (:sneaky:), my wife also started crocheting recently, using the leftover bunch of yarn that I had lying around from when I used to knit years ago. Maybe she should join this clan instead of me. Uhh
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    posted a message on [The Crafters] don't only man Mardu Vehicles, they ride them
    Came in to say Happy New Year and I see we have a shiny new trophy! Congrats to everyone!

    I haven't been crafting much lately. Did a bit more work on my Chandra-stealing-the-Scroll-of-Ugin alter that I've been working on since Innistrad came out. Almost done! I'll make sure to make a random appearance and show you guys when it's finished. Should be sometime late this year, I imagine. Tongue

    My wife was busy crafting, though! She made a few dozen Christmas ornaments out of old toilet paper rolls last month. Sounds trashy, but they were actually really beautiful. She cut them up into 1" sections, then glued them together to make stars or snowflakes or something, then painted them a wide variety of colours and added a string to hang them. She made WUBRG ones for all our magic friends, white and blue ones for everyone else. Using full rolls she even made a 2 foot tall toilet paper Christmas tree for a friend of ours! Wish I had a picture now. The most common response was "That's really nice! What did you make it out of?" followed by incredulous looks at our response. Good times.
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    posted a message on Defeating the Eldrazi
    Yeah, the hedrons are definitely still binding them in physical form, but I wouldn't try to guess what else they're still capable of doing. Now that the Eldrazi have control of the hedrons, chances are good they're not performing their intended purpose anymore.

    As for killing them, I agree that it seems impossible. Even from a storytelling perspective, a better victory would be binding them again, leaving some suspense as to whether or not they'll ever return.
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    posted a message on Capabailities between Old and Neowalker
    It's more than just the manabonds. Chandra was extremely powerful and naturally gifted as a child, before she ascended even. Tezzeret was the same. Jace was the same. I can't think of a precise quote or anything, but it's definitely been implied (if not outright stated) that that natural talent is related to the spark.

    Oldwalkers did use manabonds, but couldn't they pull mana directly from the Blind Eternities or something as well? I'm a little fuzzy on that one.
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    posted a message on Capabailities between Old and Neowalker
    Quote from kaburi
    In other words, the only thing that makes a planeswalker different from a normal mage is the ability to enter the Blind Eternities and survive.


    Basically true, but they are typically more naturally gifted than your average mage. Chandra's arrival on Regatha was noticed across the plane because she was so much more powerful than anyone they'd ever seen (at least, since Jaya Ballard, the oldwalker), even compared to fire mages who had studied their entire lives.
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    posted a message on Bullseye Cards


    There are many others that paint a bullseye on you, but not quite to the same extent. These basically stop the game until they're dealt with. You can't say the same thing for a Mana Reflection (you'll certainly deal with it, but it's not always top top top priority).
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    posted a message on [[SCD]] Metalworker
    Quote from Von
    Alot of these stories seem to be "we answered him asap and he wasn't that good." A card that says, "answer now or lose" seems pretty good to me.


    Yeah, he's good. Lots of cards say "answer now or lose". It's just that most of them have a high CMC and do it on their own. Metalworker has a low CMC, but needs lots of help.
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    posted a message on [[SCD]] Metalworker
    It's not quite like Rofellos. It's almost the inverse. Rofellos gets better and better later in the game, but isn't that good until at least turn 3. Metalworker is different in that early game (especially before turn 3) he's completely busted, but later in the game he's often just Palladium Myr.

    I never played with him, but I did play against him before he was banned. He was never that great. He won a couple games early on, but just as often someone had an answer to the early game threat. More likely he was drawn later and made maybe 4 mana a turn on average. Still good, but I was pretty shocked when I saw the ban announcement.
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