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Feb 26, 2017This thread was originally locked pending moderator discussion. Following that discussion, I've decided to unlock this thread, as DragonFox1001 was a valued member of this community and it's only fitting that those who knew him have the opportunity to pay any respects they feel are appropriate.Posted in: Magic Rulings
Oct 31, 2016Question asked, question answered. The short of it is that specifically asking for a judge carries a connotation of disregarding non-judges' answers, even if you don't necessarily mean it that way. That sort of thing creates a bad environment and for that reason is against the rules. Thread closed.Posted in: Magic Rulings
Sep 5, 2016Teia Rabishu posted a message on Star Trek: Myriad Universes Mafia IV: Game Over - Serial Killer WinsThe voteblock was Spot randoming into looting the phaser off Worf. He didn't have that ability natively.Posted in: Mafia
Sep 5, 2016Teia Rabishu posted a message on Star Trek: Myriad Universes Mafia IV: Game Over - Serial Killer WinsPosted in: Mafia
To be fair, I did give Q an out.
Oh yeah, just so I can be annoying to everyone about it, the ending was actually going to be determined by the faction that won. Town victory meant Q would've sealed the Pah Wraith away. Scum victory meant there'd be a new Cult of the Pah Wraiths, not an Emissary. Spot victory meant a new Emissary.
Most of the plot was written on the fly. There was little forethought beyond all that. I just abused the **** out of my ability to create pretty good settings, worlds, and plot essentially out of a stream of consciousness, so by the time the villain finally explained her master plan, it seemed like I was including plot elements way earlier than I'd ever thought of them. "BDSM Prophet" as I called her behind the scenes was a result of having to punish Necarg for breaking his Teia-themed posting restriction (she wasn't even a Pah Wraith then, just a Prophet vision taking a perverted role with a pervert). Her being an evil counterpart to Q came after that. The USS Event Horizon was just a means of exiling the modkills at first. And so on and so forth.
The tachyon particles were a Watchmen reference, for those who were wondering. Same thing Ozymandias did to Dr. Manhattan, just on a bigger scale.
I realize this is ***** only I care about, but come on, I wanna ramble so I'mma ramble.
Sep 5, 2016Teia Rabishu posted a message on Star Trek: Myriad Universes Mafia IV: Game Over - Serial Killer WinsPosted in: MafiaQuote from Kosakosa »And if she's indeed bulletproof, then I see no way she would ever lose the game.
Yeah, Rax and I realized partway in that the bulletproof should've been one-shot, not permanent. There should also probably have been another check on the SK, too. We did our best to balance out such a complex game, but if something wound up a bit overtuned, then you have my apologies.
Sep 5, 2016Posted in: Mafia
To be fair, that double modkill was super rough and basically put the town and scum both into "lynch the cat right away or lose" mode. Like, the town was basically unable to win after that. It was just a toss-up as to whether the scum would win by lynching the SK, or whether the SK would ride townreads to victory.
Design issues were one thing, but the SK not getting lynched, being vaporized by the phaser, or getting investigated was on the players.
Sep 5, 2016Fable, D_V, CFC, Half_Time, and Shockwave.Posted in: Mafia
The full setup will come once we've got it in a postable format, which should be later tonight.
Sep 5, 2016Posted in: MafiaQuote from Kosakosa »Hey H_T. Be a gentleman and check in before Night.
There'd have to be a Night before he can do that.
Sep 5, 2016The station's lights dim and a familiar lens filter descends over the station. From out of the viewports, the station's inhabitants can see a refit Constitution class ship drop out of warp and begin flying towards the upper docking pylons. It holds station two hundred metres away.Posted in: Mafia
"Lovely, isn't it?" Comes the Prophet's voice as she strolls into the promenade. She's still in the form of an Orion woman, but now wears the uniform of a Federation fleet admiral of the late 23rd century, clean and pristine to parade ground standards. She holds Silvercrys' decapitated head in one hand. "That's what the USS Event Horizon looks like from the outside. Doesn't seem quite so scary now, does it?"
The Prophet tosses Silvercrys' head onto the dabo table, which spins around for a moment before stopping with a series of beeps.
Q appears with a flash of light, flanked by two other Q. To say they have anger on their faces would be a gross understatement, like saying the Dominion war was a minor skirmish against a small advance force.
The Prophet rolls her eyes. "I'd complain about you breaking our agreement, but I think we both know that'd be pointless."
"My agreement was with the Prophets," Q says grimly. "Not with the Pah Wraiths."
The Pah Wraith shrugs. "The fact that you say this like some kind of big reveal is really depressing, you know that? Seriously, show of hands. Who here was surprised by that? Anyone? Thought so. Here, I'll help you out with any of the dots you couldn't connect. I start by taking control of the Event Horizon, then I use it to spread tachyons around the station and wormhole, blinding the Prophets. I infiltrate their ranks and make a deal with you to find the best people to prevent a 'cosmic disaster' you somehow believed was imminent. Do you know what my goal was, or do I have to tell you?"
"To create a new Cult of the Pah Wraiths," Q suggests.
The Pah Wraith balks. "No, you idiot."
She waves towards a certain station inhabitant. The feline bounds up at one of the attendant Q, fiery red light surrounding her. Her claws sink into the cosmic being's back, tearing the being in half.
"And that's how you kill a Q," the Pah Wraith announces. She raises her hands and fiery light burns the other attendant Q out from the inside.
"You needed a new Emissary," Q says with pained realization.
"The Kosst Amojan was a fool to pick Dukat," the Pah Wraith explains. "Oh, to be certain, I'd have formed a new Cult if Spot proved herself unworthy, but she passed my test with flying colours. She truly wears the mantle of Emissary of the Pah Wraiths. And with a true Emissary at my side, my powers have grown considerably. Now, no entity in the universe, neither the Prophets nor the Q Continuum, can rival me."
"You were just using us?" Half_Time demands, stepping forward.
"Us?" Kosakosa asks. "You're one of them, aren't you?" His eyes dart to the Pah Wraith. "Even if we can't stop you, we can stop one of your worshippers. Let's go!"
The rest of the station's inhabitants pull out their weapons and gun down Half_Time. It's a tender mercy for him, they realize, but when cosmic forces are involved, you have to take what influence you can get.
Q snaps his fingers, but nothing happens. He throws a confused look at the Pah Wraith, who's now brandishing her whip. She lashes him once, twice, a third time, sending him to the floor in pain. With a few hateful words, she kneels down and grabs him by the scruff of the neck, picking him up and throwing him into the bar. Bottles shatter and a rainbow of different liquids pour onto the helpless Q.
"Your powers have been sealed," the Pah Wraith says as she strolls behind the bar. She picks Q up again. "But I'm not going to kill you. Oh, no. The Prophets may have transcended time, but the Q have transcended space. I'm going to study you and see if I can correct my... limitations."
A Federation-style transporter beam takes Q away. "The Event Horizon's science facilities should be up to the task of containing and studying him." The Pah Wraith gazes at the station's remaining inhabitants. "That just leaves the rest of you." She nods to Spot. "Since you've been such a good Emissary in training, I'll let you choose one lucky mortal to die. The rest can come with me to the Event Horizon."
Spot hisses in excitement and pulls a phaser out of her fur. Firing a quick stun shot at KingofDominaria, she lunges at Kosakosa, ripping his throat cleanly with her claws. Kosakosa stumbles to the floor, blood seeping into the deck plates in an almost artistic pattern.
"We have a winner," the Pah Wraith announces. "Now, if you'll all kindly line up and—"
"**** you!" Shouts Chandra's Fiery Cat, leveling a disrupter shot at Wheat_Grinder. Wheat_Grinder screams as his constituent atoms are torn apart, leaving only the Pah Wraith, Spot, the dazed KingofDominaria, and Chandra's Fiery Cat. Any further aggressive momentum is halted by a transporter beam taking Chandra's Fiery Cat away.
"Well," says the Pah Wraith. She shakes her head. "At least we had a volunteer. What a buzzkill, though."
The Pah Wraith turns away as KingofDominaria is beamed out of the station. Spot in tow, she strolls down one of the corridors, which fades away into the Event Horizon's bridge. Spot leaps up onto the navigation console and presses a few buttons. The ship turns and heads towards the wormhole. With their powers blocked, the Prophets stand no chance against an empowered Pah Wraith and her similarly empowered Emissary. With a bright flash, the gates of the celestial temple begin to burn in space. The Event Horizon may not be able to hold Q forever, but it will be enough if it can hold him long enough to discover the secrets of his powers.
Darkness descends over the station, then the Alpha Quadrant, and eventually the whole galaxy, before all alights in the flames of the Pah Wraith.
Weyoun, Kai of the Bajoran Ascendancy has been lynched.
Sep 5, 2016The game is now over. Cythare (Spot, Feral Serial Killer) has won.Posted in: Mafia
This one's going to require some explanation. Cythare was a bulletproof, double-voting serial killer in possession of a phaser, whose night abilities worked similarly to latinum and loyalty abilities (the phaser was taken from col_mongoose, who was playing Worf, Rookie Security Chief, and its ultimate vaporize ability was ironically meant to bypass the bulletproof ability). With Half_Time lynched, five players enter the night phase. Cythare shot Kosakosa overnight and used the phaser to stun KingofDominaria into losing his vote the next day. The mafia shot Wheat_Grinder. This results in any continued play being trivial.
Setup to come shortly.
Sep 5, 2016That is a lynch.Posted in: Mafia
Half_Time (4): KoD (2798), Kosakosa (2817), Cythare (2822), Chandra's Fiery Cat (2823)
KingofDominaria (1): Half_Time (2804)
Chandra's Fiery Cat (1): Wheat_Grinder (2807)
Standard Teia twilight applies. Everyone feel free to post as normal until the
bad fanficlynch scene goes up.
Aug 31, 2016This isn't good, Q thinks furtively to himself as he sits in the Continuum. It was the one place She couldn't get to.Posted in: Mafia
The only things he could say for certain were that the "Prophet" shouldn't have been able to find the USS Event Horizon after he'd so carefully hidden it away, and that the tachyon interference around the station was no coincidence. But what was its significance? It was the result of temporal distortion. It was involved in cloaking devices. And it could interfere with sufficiently powerful beings' ability to see through time. Certainly, it kept (*) from finding the Event Horizon, yet there had to have been something more...
A tingle crosses the back of Q's mind. The mortals had selected another sacrifice to the altar of insanity the Prophet was erecting.
With a flash of light, Q arrives on the station, and immediately wishes he had the option to bring more Q as backup. But those weren't the rules. One Q, one Prophet. That is what he and the Prophets agreed to when he went to the celestial temple.
The Prophet stands in the promenade with a humanoid kneeling at her feet, whip wrapped tightly around his neck. Her lens filter is firmly in place. She plants a foot on his chest, pushing him backwards, pulling the whip taut.
"Well, I see you've wasted no time forcing your fetishes on us," Q murmurs to the Prophet as he walks up to her.
"Isn't it great?" She asks.
If only I could just trap her in an asteroid prison or something, Q thinks sourly. Maybe if he had the Continuum backing him. But if he had tea, he could have had tea and biscuits if he had biscuits. There's nothing for it, though. "I can certainly see how these mortals would think a jem'hadar a killer. I'm surprised he's lasted as long as he has."
"Oh, he'll last even longer if I have any say in it~"
Q rolls his eyes.
"You mortals are all the same," Q announces. "My dear Jean-Luc was never so shortsighted. The best I can do is offer what mercy I can. And if I'd known she had that infernal ship at her beck and call sooner, I'd have done this favour for Zinger and Killjoy too."
Q snaps his fingers, and tomsloger's body goes limp. The Prophet stands there for a moment, looking nonplussed.
"We had a deal, Q," she says at last.
Grunting in annoyance, Q raises a stern finger to the Prophet. "Don't think I can't figure out what's really going on here," he says. "Your game is nearly up, you foul koss'moran. I've outsmarted far stronger and smarter opponents than you."
The Prophet tilts her head slightly to the side. If Q's words affected her, she certainly didn't show it. "That's the difference between you and I," she says, indicating tomsloger's limp form. "You talk. I act."
With a flick of her wrist, the Prophet pulls the whip from tomsloger's neck. "I'll see you tomorrow, Q."
Q harrumphs and vanishes in a flash of light. Maybe he was wrong about the Prophet's background and true motives, but one fact remained: She was evil, and he would stop her. Sophont beings were fun to torment, but his was the torment of an older sibling. He could do as he pleased, because he wouldn't really hurt them. And anyone else who tried would long for the comfort of the nine circles of hell once he was through with them.
The Prophet fades away moments later, taking her lens filter with her.
Taran'atar, Jem'hadar Observer has been lynched.
Night actions are due to Annorax by Saturday, September 3 at 9 PM CST.
Aug 31, 2016Votecount 4.2Posted in: Mafia
Chandra's Fiery Cat (4): Wheat_Grinder (2622), Cythare (2642), Silvercrys3467 (2688), tomsloger (2690)
tomsloger (5): KingofDominaria (2596), Chandra's Fiery Cat (2598), Half_Time (2643), Kosakosa (2708), D_V (2730)
That is a lynch.
Since this game's got activity going as of a few minutes before this post, I'm posting the vote count and lynch scene separately. The game is currently in twilight. Players may continue to post until the lynch scene if they wish.
Aug 29, 2016Lens filter appears.Posted in: Mafia
The Prophet appears behind Zinger, who was too dazed and confused while wandering the station to notice even a drunken Klingon, let alone a timeless being in the shape of an Orion woman.
"That was quite the fast one you pulled," the Prophet says. With a smirk, she says, "But not fast enough."
The agonizer implanted in Zinger's body goes off, sending him to the floor in, well, agony.
"I'm not turning that off now, you realize," the Prophet announces. "Try to escape again and that'll be quite the infraction, I tell you what."
The Prophet kneels down, grabs Zinger by the neck, and hoists him up over her shoulder before vanishing again.
Lens filter disappears.
Aug 28, 2016Silence descends over the station, as if everyone's voices have been forcibly ripped from their throats. A hazy lens filter obscures the station, temporarily blinding everyone. When their sight returns, they realize they've been taken to a strange, otherworldly, elsewhere place.Posted in: Mafia
It looks like a Federation starship, but is somehow... different. Every sentient being's danger sense is on high alert, as if some looming but imperceptible threat is right around every corner. But nothing's there to see. Just the station inhabitants. That they know of. But maybe it'd be best to check around those corners again just in case...
"Welcome, everyone," comes a familiar voice, "to the little shop of wonders known as the USS Event Horizon."
The Prophet appears in front of everyone, this time dressed in the burgundy colours of Starfleet in the late 23rd and early 24th centuries. It's quite dishevelled, with the front open, revealing a torn white undershirt with deep red stains. Her green skin is scarred, and her eyes shine with fell intent.
"It appears there are some among you who doubted my intentions. You ignored my warnings, just like you did with your parents back in the day. But I'm not going to bend you over my knee and spank you this time. Oh no. You see, this ship isn't one of my illusions. It's an old Starfleet experiment. They fitted a ship with a new type of engine, meant to burrow through the very fabric of space. But that turned out to be quite the mistake. The crew killed each other in the most horrific and graphic ways, sanity scarred to destruction by the forces within this new type of Warp. The ship returned on its own volition, quite changed from the experience. Naturally, when I found this now-sentient ship, I knew I had something wonderful. But then Q came by. But I won't bother you further with petty details you don't need to know."
The Prophet raises an arm, and two of the station's inhabitants are pulled forward by an invisible force.
"The Killjoy and The Zinger think I tolerate pacifism," she says darkly. She pulls out from inside her uniform what look to be mirror universe agonizers. One in each hand, she thrusts them into Killjoy's and Zinger's chests. They scream in pain, then in horror as they realize the agonizers aren't on their chests, but in them, fully part of their bodies. The screams relent as the pain abates. "They will remain with me here until such time as I decide to dispose of them." She offers a thin smile. "But what is time to a Prophet? I will control them. Use them. They are no longer part of your world, but mine."
The two former station inhabitants shriek in pain once more, brought to their knees before their new mistress. Their new goddess.
"Let this be a warning to the rest of you," the Prophet says darkly. "Now go, and make use of this lesson however you see fit."
The lens filter fades, along with the horror of the USS Event Horizon. Was it all just a dream, or maybe a vision? No, it was real. The Prophet's true intentions are still outside the station's grasp for now, but it seems its inhabitants' only hope lies with that eternal trickster and sometimes benevolent tormentor, Q.
Lauren, Town Lunatic (Zinger2099) has been modkilled.
Miles O'Brien, Town Mason (Killjoy) has been modkilled.
Votes have been reset.
9 alive, 5 to lynch.
Aug 26, 2016Pretty much, yeah.Posted in: Mafia
I'd prefer replacement since it's less disruptive, but to be honest we're kind of out of replacements right now.
Aug 25, 2016A hazy lens filter descends over the station and a familiar, Orion-looking woman appears, nursing what appears to be a horrible arm cramp.Posted in: Mafia
No one's fooled for even a moment, though. She's faking it for effect.
But the whip in her hand says it's not all for show.
"All right, mortals, listen up!" The Prophet shouts. "The Killjoy and The Zinger have been, how do you say, 'prodded.' You're all going to kill each other in a confused rampage and I want each and every one of you to participate. Now, the instances of existence you mortals call 'consciousness' are usually easily replaced... but at this point, Q might not mind if a few... lackadaisical inhabitants of this station go missing. I hope you understand what I'm trying to say here. You have 48 hours."
The Prophet stands at full military attention, now dressed in the uniform of a Starfleet admiral.
"You're no Starfleet admiral, Prophet!" Someone shouts.
"Quiet!" The Prophet shouts back. She clasps her hands behind her back, looks through the gathered crowd, and shouts, "Dismissed!"
With a smirk, the Prophet spins on her heel and strides off, taking the lens filter with her.
Aug 23, 2016A familiar lens filter appears as Q departs, and an equally and unfortunately familiar nonlinear being in the form of an Orion steps onto the station.Posted in: Mafia
"All right, everyone," she says. "Looks like you mortals are having your fun again, but be careful, because if I hear y'all have to ask for more prods, I'm gonna prod them, and you might not like my methods~"
With a cackle, the Prophet mercifully leaves without saying anything further.
Aug 15, 2016Teia Rabishu posted a message on How to build a deck that isnt so expensive? (beginner)Talking about proxies is one thing, and we can even have discussions about counterfeits with regards to their impact on the game, but advocating buying counterfeit cards is something MTGS cannot allow. Thread locked.Posted in: Legacy (Type 1.5)
Aug 12, 2016Votecount: Day 3Posted in: Mafia
Chandra's Fiery Cat (2): Shockwave07 (2005), Citricbase (2243)
Shockwave07 (8): Silvercrys3467 (1969), KingofDominaria (2228), Wheat_Grinder (2232), Cythare (2251), tomsloger (2255), D_V (2256), Brinatoo (2260), Half_Time (2271)
Half_Time (1): Kosakosa (2207)
Not Voting: Killjoy, Chandra's Fiery Cat, Zinger2099
A flash of light blinds everyone on the promenade as Q suddenly appears. He takes a look around.
"Ah, you've decided on my favourite Starfleet admiral," Q says in an over-the-top excited voice. He steps over to the encircled Shockwave before ripping the admiral's insignia off him. "You do know you're not a real admiral, right?"
"That's a stupid question," Shockwave says imperiously.
"Yes, I suppose so," Q replies dryly, rolling his eyes at having walked right into that one.
"You're not going to give him over to... her, are you?" Asks one of the station's inhabitants warily.
"Oh, heavens no," Q says. "He'd be safer with 0, and that's saying something."
As if on cue, a familiar lens filter appears over the station, but Q raises a hand sharply and it vanishes with a flash of light. "No, not today. Not while I still have to figure out where all this tachyon interference is coming from." Belatedly, he realizes the station's inhabitants have no idea what he's talking about. "All you lot need to know is that you should never ask for something new, something different from an omnipotent being. I've made that mistake twice now and we're all stuck with a maniacal sadist of a divine being. Again."
Q turns back to Shockwave and notices that he's actually managed to give Q the slip. Q barks out a laugh and snaps his fingers. Shockwave appears in front of him, hanged by his neck from the second floor like a pope-on-a-rope from the Cardassian and Dominion occupations.
"Believe me," Q says darkly as he turns his back to the rest of the station's inhabitants. He walks away slowly, quietly adding, "If I'm right, I just did him a favour."
Patrick, Mafia Lunatic has been lynched.
Night actions are due to Annorax by Monday, August 15 at 11:00 PM CST
Rax edit: Timezone standardization; not gonna take time away from you.
Aug 11, 2016A familiar lens filter covers the station as an unfortunately familiar figure steps onto the promenade.Posted in: Mafia
Chandra's Fiery Cat (3): Shockwave07 (2005), Brinatoo (2126), Kosakosa (2143)
tomsloger (2): Half_Time (2175), D_V (2178)
Shockwave07 (2): Silvercrys3467 (1969), Cythare (2153)
Half_Time (2): tomsloger (2122), Wheat_Grinder (2125)
Not Voting: Killjoy, Chandra's Fiery Cat, Zinger2099, KingofDominaria, Citricbase
With 14 alive, it's 8 to lynch.
The Prophet takes a deep breath and shouts, "All right, mortals, listen up! You heard Q! I want to see a body and you don't even have 48 of your hours to give it to me!"
Q appears in a flash of light and says, "Temper, temper, dear Prophet. You know how this is going to turn out." He lowers his voice and mutters, "Of course, I only have your word to go on there..." His voice picks up again as he continues, "You need patience, or whatever passes for it in nonlinear beings, my little avatar of id."
"Fine," the Prophet grumbles. She spins on her heel and storms out of the promenade with no additional theatrics, leaving the station's inhabitants to sort out each others' true allegiances. Q offers a wry smile as he snaps his fingers and vanishes in a flash of light along with the mystic lens filter.
Jul 26, 2016It turns out the Prophet hadn't truly vanished. As Shockwave07 casts the final vote, she appears, casually strolling onto the promenade. Nine of the station's inhabitants gather around TappingStones, whose only words are, "JUST BECAUSE YOU VOTE DOESN'T MEAN WE LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY! THE FEDERATION IS A TECHNOCRATIC MERITOCRACY! DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND!" As the nine ponder the meaning of half-baked sociopolitical commentary employed as distraction, TappingStones leaps impressively above the crowd, and then somersaults over the Prophet before bolting towards an adjoining hallway.Posted in: Mafia
The passage of time seems to slow to a crawl, though the Prophet is unaffected, casually turning toward the would-be escapee. Lazily, effortlessly, she slings her whip forward, catching TappingStones around the ankle and tripping him.
"You knew the rules going into this, corporeal being. If I want, I get to play with whichever misbehaving mortal the rest of the station wants gone," she says playfully. Cocking her head back and glancing over her shoulder, she announces to the rest of the station's inhabitants, "Don't follow me unless you want to join in getting your stones tapped, too."
With one hand, she picks up TappingStones and slings him over one shoulder, back against hers as he kicks fruitlessly at the air, screaming about how omnipotent beings make every conspiracy theory true. Whether the Prophet cares about this or even hears it is unknown, but she takes TappingStones into a nearby set of quarters.
Silence hangs over the station for the next hour.
The Prophet emerges from her appropriated quarters, everyone having given the room a wide berth. With a smirk on her face, she announces, "It looks like I broke my new toy. Q isn't going to be pleased." She affects a melodramatic sigh. "I suppose that's the advantage of being outside linear time. I already know what he'll say. That was my toy, and I broke it. That's all."
She saunters slowly off the promenade, fading into nothingness as this brief episode as an ephemeral being is over. The station's inhabitants ruminate over the spectacle they just witnessed as they head off to their own quarters for the night, wondering whether or not Q will spare the Prophet's next plaything.
Jack, Genetically Engineered Genius/Town Lunatic has been lynched.
Night actions are due to Annorax by Friday, July 29 at 9 PM PST.
Jul 26, 2016The station becomes hazy, and a familiar lens filter appears.Posted in: Mafia
Votecount 2.4 - Outside Linear Time
Silvercrys3467 (1): DoTArchon
Half_Time (1): Mindreaver
TappingStones (8): Wheat_Grinder, Cythare, tomsloger, Half_Time, Silvercrys3467, KingofDominaria, Brinatoo, D_V
D_V (1): Kosakosa
tomsloger (1): TappingStones
Not Voting: (4) Killjoy, Necarg, Rhand, Shockwave07
The now-familiar, oddly provocatively dressed female Prophet appears amidst the crowd of familiar apparitions of friends, family, and even foes long past. Slowly, purposefully, she removes her belt, and it shapeshifts into a wicked-looking whip. She throws a disaffected glance at a certain participant, and for the first time since punishing Necarg, she speaks.
"What is it that corporeal being would say here? I want to tap those stones?"
The apparitions and lens filter fade over the course of the next few moments, but the Prophet serving as Q's opposite number remains for a few brief heartbeats longer.
Jul 24, 2016Suddenly, the station's lights become hazy, and a familiar lens filter appears.Posted in: Mafia
Votecount 2.3 - The Prophets Exist Outside Linear Time, So Be Glad They're Even Numbering This
Silvercrys3467 (1): DoTArchon
Half_Time (2): Mindreaver, TappingStones
TappingStones (7): Wheat_Grinder, Cythare, tomsloger, Half_Time, Brinatoo, Silvercrys3467, KingofDominaria (L-2)
D_V (1): Kosakosa
Not Voting: (5) Killjoy, Necarg, Rhand, Shockwave07, D_V
The lens filter fades, but not before a certain Prophet with a strange aura, whip-like belt a little loose and unfastened on her waist, takes one last look around the station with a smirk uncharacteristic of a timeless immortal being.
Jul 19, 2016Posted in: Mafia
I see what I did. I accidentally read "unvote name" as "vote name."
My bad for reporting that vote as standing when it clearly shouldn't have been.
Jul 19, 2016Posted in: Mafia
Sorry, I meant the first votecount overall, meaning Day 1 first votecount Stardate 69966.5 or Post #245.
As the one who did that votecount, can you tell me what seems to be the issue? I know I skipped a few unbolded votes, if that's what you're thinking of.
Jul 17, 2016Teia Rabishu posted a message on List of shops that CANCEL orders when cards spike. (READ OPENING POST)I decided I'd order some foil Predicts from MTG Island. SP for $3.45 and NM for $4.95. Both prices Canadian.Posted in: Store Discussion
Everything seemed to go through all right.
Then a scant few hours later, I receive this:
Regarding your order from MTG Island.
Order status has changed to: Cancelled
Order status details: Order Canceled - Seller doesn't have sufficent stock to fill order.
"Insufficient stock" is a wonderful little coincidence, isn't it?
Jul 11, 2016A soft light envelops the station, and a blurry camera filter appears. The station's inhabitants are replaced by apparitions of family, friends, and enemies both living and dead.Posted in: Mafia
Quote from Necarg »I will be addressing everything further into the week. I am in SLC right now and am overloaded with work. I will get around to rereading this game though, hopefully before the in game day is out.
One of the apparitions is Necarg's sister (no, the other, ugly one). Necarg beholds her with surprise. "Long time no see."
"I'll see your long time," she says. "By the way, it looks like you forgot something."
"Like what? How annoying you were?" Necarg asks, unable to hide a certain degree of scorn.
"Our mom was annoying last night~"
"Yes, yes, now you see," says Necarg's sister. A sadistic grin crosses her face as she goes into full yandere mode, pulling out a whip.
"What are you doing with that?" Necarg asks warily.
As everyone else gets to reminisce pleasantly with images of the past, Necarg is shown a new definition of pain and suffering, lashed repeatedly to the point of passing out... and actually doing so once or twice, taken into the other kind of subspace. One must wonder whether the Prophet doing this has had such... relations with humans before.
"Now," says the phantom of Necarg's sister as she finally relents, yandere grin still on her face. "You forget that certain something again, and the next whip will... well, you ever see a certain 21st century Earth movie starring Jim Caviezel? Like that, but worse." She winks, blows a kiss at Necarg, and says, "Ta-ta~"
The light fades, the camera filter comes off, and the station returns to normal.
Jul 2, 2016Stardate 69966.5Posted in: Mafia
A bright flash of light emerges in the midst of the station's inhabitants squabbling. Everyone's momentarily puzzled by their surroundings being replaced by familiar locations of long past, and the familiar faces of old speaking in ethereal voices.
Cythare (1): Fable07
Silvercrys3467 (1): D_V
Necarg (1): KingofDominaria
Mindreaver (1): Kosakosa
Fable07 (3): Sir Chris, Cythare, Necarg
KingofDominaria (1); Brinatoo
Kosakosa (2): Mindreaver, Rhand
Rhand (1): col_mongoose
col_mongoose (1): DoTArchon
Not voting: TappingStones, Killjoy, Silvercrys3467, Wasabipea, Shockwave07, Half_Time, Wheat_Grinder
The visions quickly pass as the Prophets finish their investigation of the station. Existing in a non-linear fashion, they already know the outcome of the battle-by-proxy between cosmic forces (how else could they take responsibility for their actions?), but they will allow the corporeal beings to play out their conflict.
Also, it turns out that one of the boxes from earlier wasn't, in fact, empty, but contained bearers of a strain of the jumping cold robbies, the savage disease that once claimed the life of the original NCC 1701's Lt. Mary Sue, sole recipient of the Tralfamadorian Order of Good Guyhood. Thankfully, the disease only claimed the life of several questionably branded ponies on the station before the Prophets eliminated both the strain, the carriers, and the infected to prevent transmission to the rest of the station.
(Oh yeah, also I'm doing vote counts in addition to [horrendously obscure and arcane] flavour posting. If I missed anything, just let me know.)
Jun 29, 2016Posted in: MafiaQuote from KingofDominaria »
Vote: Sir Chris
Tsk, tsk, puny player-like creature. Bold red is reserved for Q (except when used in scum/town lists... forum rules prohibit use of bold red except by staff members and scum/town lists) so pick another color for your votes please.
Also, KingofDominaria's quarters are now full of empty boxes.
How quick of you to forget the Prophets, Q. Have you already disregarded your adversary? Feeling the challenge already won? The spectre of the past is giving way to visions of the future? You presume too much as pertains to your similarly bold red using counterparts.
(Just so there's no confusion, since I helped design this game, you'll see the occasional flavour post and stuff from me too.)
Q notices all of the boxes have suddenly vanished, only to fall on his head a moment later.
Jun 25, 2016Just a reminder, everyone, that discussion of sleeves and shuffling is better suited to Magic General than the Legacy Merfolk thread. Also, a reminder that the [img] tag is to be used specifically with image hosting sites, not other sites like KMC's.Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
May 31, 2016Posted in: Old Sign-ups
Now, now, no hinting at how many tribbles are in the game. I thought we agreed to play fair, after all. If they know how many tribbles are present, they may be able to determine how many kzinti there are. That would present certain unfair advantages to our female participants, going by our canonical historical evidence.
May 27, 2016Posted in: Old Sign-ups
Oh, I didn't know we were using those old names, Crayak. Guess I'll have to go with being the Prophets instead of Ellimist this time.
Don't worry, everyone, I've made sure this little game is as fair as can be. I promise that Q's mafia has its share of checks and balances. With proper skill and luck, all of you in our little DS9 town can prevail. If not, I foresee some rather enterprising Ferengi making a very lucrative voyage to the Iskoort with your remains. So good will prevail despite Q's best attempts to the contrary.
May 21, 2016Posted in: Magic GeneralQuote from Magicman657 »Not that I completely disagree, but in fairness there is no deck that can have good matchups versus every possible deck that might get paired against you. Your deck / sideboard choices ultimately come down to metagame statistics and predictive analytics, such that you might have picked the "correct" 75 cards to combat the metagame, but that doesn't mean you can't get paired up against a deck that's simply unfeasible to prepare for / a deck that will not succeed against the metagame but happens to be really good against you. So yes, to some extent it can be fairly considered bad luck to lose to those decks.
Overall, however, the more skillful player will have the higher win percentage and thus the higher proportion of top 8 finishes. It's not really any different from how skilled players can construct mana bases that minimize the effects of variance due to mana screw, mana flood, colour screw, etc, except on a more complex scale. A format without nonbasic lands, or with fewer nonbasic lands, isn't more skillful than a format with a wide variety of nonbasic land options, and it's basically the same concept with format complexity.
May 20, 2016Posted in: Magic GeneralQuote from ToshiUmezawa »Draft is more skillful than sealed that's just obvious, but it comes down to player opinion. That's why I stated that this was my own opinion based on my own experiences.
The point I was making is that your argument basically comes down to "it takes more skill to succeed in an environment that has fewer options and less variance." In essence, that removing gameplay elements increases the impact of skill, rather than decreasing it. In essence, the less diverse the metagame, the more skill is required. The problem is that's basically saying solved formats are more skillful. The fatal assumption there is that it's assuming that getting knocked out by a rogue deck comes down to variance, when in reality it's just the player being unable to deal with a deck they aren't used to playing against.
It's not bad luck if, say, you packed no graveyard hate and got knocked out by Dredge or Reanimator or Tinfins or whatever if your deck can't otherwise handle them. It's you failing to consider such matchups, or failing to put appropriate weighting on the likelihood of facing such decks.
May 20, 2016Posted in: Magic GeneralQuote from ToshiUmezawa »Standard is more skillful IMO since it's a lot less likely to be blind sided by a competitive brew. If you know the meta and your decks strength's and weaknesses then it's more about player skill on how to sideboard and play the matchup then a flip of the coin.
How is that significantly different from saying Constructed is more skillful than Limited because it's more about player skill than opening good cards?
May 19, 2016Posted in: Magic General
And on the subject of deck expenditures, well, I'm someone who has a pretty solid number of duals, other expensive staples (Lilianas, LEDs, etc), and random crap that spiked unreasonably since I bought it (e.g. Chains) and I just don't see the need to buy into Standard repeatedly. I just kind of pick an affordable deck that'll do decently at FNM and ride it until rotation. My Modern play is just whatever I can scrape together out of my Legacy collection. I certainly could do better at Standard if I bothered to buy the overpriced rares and mythics that won't be worth anything in a couple of years, and to that end I probably appear to be worse in that format than I really am, but at the end of the day, well, I can just pick up one of the several Legacy decks I built several years ago and rock that if I want to play the format. I can also choose the playstyle and level of interaction I want at a given event simply by varying what deck I play.
Buying into the same competitive level of Standard that I have in Legacy is just a poor decision, and that distorts perception as well.
Quote from ashley25746 »3) Legacy's consistency makes it easier to play in my mind. It seems like delver can always brainstorm/ponder into FOW/daze, flip the delver and go. It can run on 2 mana if it has to. Modern has no brainstorm to grab what you need every time and it has no FOW to act as a free panic button.
Legacy might certainly look easy if you aren't considering the thought that goes into all those plays. Sure, you can run some decks off two mana, but that doesn't make it autopilot. The number of times I've run rings around bad Delver players would probably surprise you, because I know what a newbie's first instincts are and I can nudge them into suboptimal lines of play. And that's to say nothing of players who mess up their cantrip orders (for instance, I've seen people Ponder before Brainstorm without having another shuffle effect in hand and wind up not getting another shuffle effect), put the wrong cards back off Brainstorm, Force the wrong spells, and generally act like having more powerful cards means you don't have to put as much thought into things.
Another example, this one from personal experience, is Burn vs Miracles. Miracles assembled the Countertop combo and figured that'd be enough to beat me unconditionally, especially since I didn't have a Shusher out. The end result was me playing all kinds of silly stack tricks with the inexperienced Miracles player and forcing through enough spells to kill him (I also managed to slip a Red Blast onto his Counterbalance at one point in a play that one of his friends watching the match berated him after the match for walking into). A more experienced and skillful player would've beaten me in that scenario, but I was able to prey on my opponent's inexperience to eke out a win I surely wouldn't have against a better opponent. It wasn't that his deck failed him. He failed his deck.
The thing you should never forget is that while your cards may be powerful, your opponent also has powerful cards.
That's highly disingenuous. The sheer number and variety of combo decks in Legacy dwarfs anything available in Standard. In Standard, you have a few low-tier combos like Brain in a Jar, Eldrazi Displacer/Brood Monitor, etc. In Legacy, combo runs all across the tier spectrum and encompasses many fundamentally different approaches to the game. I'd suggest playing a few matches with Legacy combo decks to see the difference firsthand.
If you show up to a local legacy or modern tournament you're going to face the same exact decks week to week because the format is cost prohibitive.
If you had any experience at all with Legacy events, you'd know that many players who are invested into the format have a wide variety of decks they can bring. As it is, your comments are ignorant to the point that they're the Legacy equivalent of the "just buy the most expensive cards and you can easily faceroll a PTQ without playtesting" canard with Standard.
Personally, for instance, if you sat down across from me, you could be facing down Jund, Burn, Dredge, ANT, D&T, Infect, Pox, Loam, or a few other decks, and that's just what I can play no-proxy. I personally know quite a few players with even broader options.
May 18, 2016Posted in: Magic General
All the formats take skill and operate very differently, it's just eternal players need to feel special and justify their thousands of dollars spent to themselves. Playing the right deck and having a strong understanding of your lines of play matters more than the format.
Only bad players blame luck when we all know pros that are consistently successful at limited which is suppose to be the most luck intensive format.
Just out of curiosity, have you personally played Legacy?
May 18, 2016Posted in: Magic General
Also: Local metas. Depending on what area you're in, there may be a number of diehard Delver players who've never given up their deck, and as a result are frighteningly good with it. If you scout out an unfamiliar meta or talk to people more familiar with it, then you might discover that a deck may not be as out of favour there as you first thought based on more global information.
But in reality, the whole "am I walking into Stifle?" thing is only one aspect of the point I was making (you could also argue that these decisions don't matter as much playing with or against most combo decks, for instance, though that just kicks the can down the road because there are other decision points that are equivalent in nearly any deck). Currently, you may not be as likely to be Stifled, but you could still get aggressively Wasted if you fetch a dual, or you could wind up with mana problems if you try to stick to fetching basics. Fetching the wrong dual could cut you off having enough of a given colour later on, especially if mana denial comes into play (hugely relevant against decks like D&T where that's their game plan against decks that make these kinds of decisions). They're just things that don't factor as much into newer formats despite being game-deciding in Legacy.
May 18, 2016I'd argue it's not really "luck" causing a loss if, say, you fetch a dual, get Wasted, then you're off a mana for an important turn later, or if you fetch a basic and wind up with colour problems. In both cases, you made a decision that wound up being incorrect. Magic is all about making decisions based on imperfect information, so outside of situations where variance is the only thing killing you (keeping a decent hand and then proceeding to draw nothing but land, for instance), there's something you could've done better but didn't, or factors you could've weighted differently but didn't. I've played a lot against things like Delver, Stoneblade, D&T, and other grindy decks, and it really is the little, unassuming things that cost you the game in those matchups.Posted in: Magic General
May 18, 2016Posted in: Magic General
Here's an example to illustrate that concept. You play a turn 1 fetchland against an unknown opponent. In Modern, you can choose to fetch something tapped or untapped, get a specific shockland if you're in more than two colours, etc. You're safe to hold off if you want to see what your opponent's doing first. In Legacy, you have those concerns too, but you also have to consider whether your opponent is on a deck that'll Stifle your fetch if you hold off (and such decks may well Time Walk you by playing a fetchland and passing, threatening a counter-fetch into Stifle all throughout your second turn if you attempt to use that land), or a deck that'll throw a turn 1 Blood Moon at you, and even past that, you have to consider how likely it is to be hit by Wasteland and weigh that against being able to cast all your spells.
Games can be lost by fetching the wrong thing on turn 1, even before anyone casts any spells. And the player may not even realize it.
May 18, 2016Posted in: Magic GeneralQuote from ashley25746 »or they are people borrowing a deck from a friend, or they're new to their deck and therefore otherwise not skilled.
This cannot be overstated. Legacy rewards deck fluency much more than Modern or Standard do. You can't just slap together a tier 1 deck, playtest it for a bit, then take it to a big event and hope to do well, because outside of matchups hugely lopsided in your favour, you're likely to get rolled by someone who's been playing the same deck for literally years and knows its every intricacy and line of play in excruciating detail. The smaller the card pool and the less diverse the options, the more you get rewarded for other factors. There's a reason that it's good advice for someone who wants to go to a Legacy event but isn't familiar with the format is "put together a linear combo deck like Belcher, goldfish with it until you're comfortable, and pray variance is on your side."
I've taken a solidly tier 2 Legacy deck (Jund, because I like my decks to be a value grind) to multiple top 8s at large events, but have had relatively minimal success in other formats, and that's because of the peculiarities of how Legacy works as a format. With formats like Standard, tiers mean much more because a high tier deck can have a solid game against most if not all of the field (as well as being able to sideboard against a higher proportion of your bad matchups), but in Legacy, a tier 2 or even 3 deck can just come out of nowhere and spike an event more easily than in narrower formats.
The best comparison I can think of is that if formats were RPGs, then Legacy would be Dark Souls—not the most difficult per se, but having a fairly demanding learning curve right from the get-go and a low tolerance for foolish mistakes.
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Apr 30, 2016Posted in: Magic GeneralQuote from HaileSelassieII »Dominaria is where the all-powerful Planeswalkers began, yes? The best Planeswakers in my opinion are those that will never see print at the height of their power.
In theory we could. We have oldwalkers already printed in Teferi, Temporal Archmage and Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury. It's not that they can't justify printing oldwalkers as planeswalker cards. It's just that they don't have much interest in doing so.
Apr 29, 2016Posted in: Magic GeneralQuote from Narvuntien »I don't quite get Kamigawa, why is everything spirits and why are spirits monstrous twisted weird things?
Japanese mythology. The main hangup people tend to have with Kamigawa in that respect is it's based on historical Japanese mythology rather than pop Japanese mythology. It'd be the equivalent of "Creature - Angel" when the art shows a giant flaming wheel with a ton of eyes. Historically accurate, but doesn't quite meet audience expectations.
Apr 28, 2016Posted in: Magic GeneralQuote from TheDesacrator »Real Phyrexia should count. The Nine Titans and Gerrard went there in Apocalypse.
It also predated Yawgmoth, and it stands to reason that it could continue on past the Apocalypse.
Then again, I'm the kind of person who really loved the original Kamigawa. They hit so many good notes with setting, flavour, and design, except that the power level was garbage and thus the set was unpopular, so Wizards treats the entire thing as failure and thus being tainted.
Also, on one final note, they need to make a block set in Segovia. Or at least give us a planeswalker from there. Because they'd be like two thirds of an inch tall (you're shrunk down when you enter the plane, but summoning the Segovian Leviathan shows us things from the plane stay tiny when leaving it). What's not to love?
Apr 28, 2016Posted in: Magic GeneralQuote from DSF »I haven't seen Maro's writings, what's problematic about Dominaria from a design standpoint?
Basically, it's too big and too well-developed for modern set design. They like each world to be boiled down to a single theme that can easily be pitched in like five words or less. Theros is "ancient Greece world." Innistrad is "gothic horror world." Khans is "eastern world with time traveling." Ravnica is "the city of guilds." Maro has indicated this kind of shallowness is seen as a good thing by Wizards, because marketing trumps everything. And you just can't sum up Dominaria so easily because, well, look at all the places there. It has whole continents with different themes. The world design is just too deep. It's not easily marketable, so outside of a few passing mentions in Origins due to Liliana's backstory (which carefully avoided interacting with the Dominarian plot too much), they just don't want to work on it.
Put another way, the reason players love it is the reason Wizards hates it. They'll probably return eventually, if only due to player demand, but it's likely to be a very limited thing, kept to a single location (sort of like the Otaria plotline, or even worse, like the "plot" to Seventh Edition), and without any reference to the established plot (because they don't want to burden players with any more than basic established backstory).
Apr 26, 2016Posted in: Magic GeneralQuote from RetractionFelix »Speculation. Who's to say they won't use the 100K saved to create a couple of design/development positions, positions that a couple of highly-enfranchised Platinum pros would be well-suited for? For all the howling, the change might actually produce new opportunities for a career in MTG.
Bear in mind the quotes here are a bit biased, but we still have a clear picture of what working at Wizards is like, and, well, the corporate culture as presented at Wizards makes me doubtful we'll see significant innovation.
Apr 26, 2016This is just going around in circles. The question has been answered as thoroughly as it's going to get over the Internet, and anything further would have to be determined on a case-by-case basis by the head judge. Thread closed.Posted in: Magic Rulings Archives
Apr 25, 2016Posted in: Magic GeneralQuote from Aazadan »Most pro's already get by through writing articles, not through winning.
To put this into perspective, it's perfectly fair to say that many pros are pro Magic writers first, and pro Magic players second.
Apr 25, 2016Posted in: Magic GeneralQuote from TappingStones »The DCI would frown upon such a blight as missed trigger format. That goes against everything this game represents.
For that matter, I can't imagine how you could even have an event where all the players aren't held to the same unified rule set. Sometimes rules misunderstandings can cause tremendously bad feelings (I had someone drop from my last FNM because they thought you could run, say, four checklist cards with only one associated flip card, and they were not pleased when I told them that they absolutely couldn't do that when I discovered them doing it partway into the event), but if we're talking about things like allowing missed triggers to be handled in arbitrary ways, there's no way to have a dispute result in one player feeling cheated by said arbitrary rulings. At least with the real rules, you might feel cheated, but there's no element of perceived bias to it, and any ruling can be traced back to supporting documentation (e.g. the comprehensive rules, the tournament rules, judging documents like the JAR/IPG, policy postings from Wizards, etc). Giving that up would be folly if one were actually to try it.
Apr 25, 2016Frankly, even if they -4 their Chandra, it's still a huge upside for them because it'll either wipe your board or leave you with like one, maybe two creatures. By the time they have access to six mana, you should be able to have enough board presence that keeping up a two or three mana instant is viable. Also:Posted in: Standard Archives
Quote from jbhmickey »I've been tooling around with that type of Wu list as I don't currently own any Avacyn lol. I agree though, combining the aggression of the monowhite deck with the resiliency if the Wu deck could be a really powerful result.
Personally, I've been tinkering with W/u as a pure tempo build (e.g. no one-mana 2/1s, mainboard Bygone Bishop for incremental card advantage, etc), but haven't really had the opportunity to test it against the post Pro Tour field yet. It seems solid based on my prior testing (it's a bit slower at racing ramp, but it doesn't get blown out or out-valued as easily as pure aggro builds), and I'm feeling increasingly like mainboard Negate isn't actually a bad idea.
Apr 25, 2016Posted in: Magic GeneralQuote from TappingStones »I was sitting next to a Korean pro in my last GP, last round and he spend 15 minutes of the round begging his opponent to concede (opponent kept refusing). A lot of these pros aren't much better than the grinder that you've never heard of.
Just some advice for anyone reading this who may find themselves in a similar situation: If your opponent repeatedly asks you to concede (or draw or whatever) after you've made it clear you're not interested in doing so, call a judge. Judges don't take kindly to people haranguing their opponents like that. And if there's even a whisper of compensation for doing so, that'll get them disqualified (and if it somehow doesn't, bring it up with Wizards).
Apr 24, 2016That sounds good in theory, but in practice, all it'd do would be to make people less interested in following the major events. Having known names consistently at the top is important (as long as it's not shutting everyone else out), and that's why sports and esports both focus on having "name" players who even casual observers can recognize and follow. If Magic wants to be taken seriously in a broadcast capacity (and it seems this is both Wizards' and SCG's goals based on how they both stream large events), they need recognizable faces for people to follow week after week. Otherwise the community will just have no emotional investment because even the best players become flavours of the week.Posted in: Magic General
Apr 24, 2016Posted in: Magic GeneralQuote from MisterDizzy »I not sure what pros contribute to this game any way. Commentators sure, but what do these "pros" do exactly?
Strictly speaking, having professional players helps the community, especially on the competitive side, by giving them a focal point as well as a goal to work towards. They're the ones people follow on a regular basis. They're the ones that competitive players want to be like. They're the ones that engage the community through writing articles and (ideally) serving as role models for newer players. Without professional players, Magic wouldn't be as widespread as it is today, and its competitive side wouldn't be nearly so developed.
While I'm personally not that interested in the professional scene (I'm the sort of person who says "I'm too lazy to watch the Pro Tour, so just show me the decklists once it's done"), I can acknowledge what they do for the game, and that even if I'm not interested in that side of things, the increased amounts of play and press attributable to pros' contributions does benefit the community as a whole.
Apr 19, 2016Posted in: Magic General
Attitudes towards gender are more of a localized thing than anything else. Some areas tend to be less respectful towards female players than others. I realize that my own personal anecdotes don't really add much, but I've never really had anyone take my gender into account after a win or a loss, nor have I really seen much in the ways of sexist behaviour towards other female players I've known.
That said, any judge worth their salt will follow Wizards' policy on sexist behaviour at sanctioned events, so if anyone gives you any flak over your gender or you witness someone giving anyone else flak over their gender, the best thing to do is call a judge and get that sorted out. It's considered Unsporting Conduct at Competitive events (offenders can pick up warnings or game losses for it), and can be considered a Serious Problem at Regular events (repeated offences or particularly egregious first offences can lead to being asked to leave).
Apr 19, 2016Posted in: Magic GeneralQuote from Buffsam89 »My biggest gripe with playing MTG is, and many will disagree, that it really boils down to "pay-to-win". There is skill required to build a deck, and then some skill to pilot, but if you are trotting out the best cards, the odds are heavily in your favor.
To an extent, good cards give you better odds of winning, but if you lack skill, then all the good cards in the world aren't going to help you. The difference between this and "pay to win" is that in "pay to win" games, you require little to no skill once you have access to the paid game elements that afford you incredible advantage, or otherwise you can just keep throwing money at the game until you either win or are beaten by someone with deeper pockets. Magic doesn't do that, especially in more diverse formats like Legacy, the format that I'd say rewards deck fluency better than deck choice out of any of the 60-card sanctioned formats. Anyone can just go and buy, say, Death and Taxes, but a bad D&T player is going to lose horribly to a good Show and Tell player (a matchup that's generally in D&T's favour). Formats with shallower card pools are more susceptible to the effects of people just buying in, but even then, a bad player with good cards is still a bad player, and will keep on losing until they improve their play skill.
There may be a relatively significant barrier to entry in competitive Magic, and you may not find using others' Constructed decklists to your liking, but that doesn't make the game pay to win by any stretch.
Apr 5, 2016Teia Rabishu posted a message on Tapping Creatures To Pay For Costs vs Summoning Sickness ConfirmationQuestion asked, question answered. Closing this thread now because it's getting a bit off track with examples.Posted in: Magic Rulings Archives
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Apr 2, 2016We did consider possibility of someone making a financial decision based on this April Fool's prank. In the end, we decided to go through with it because not all April Fool's events need to identify themselves loudly as such, and anyone who was going to make any major financial decisions in the next little while would presumably be waiting for the banned/restricted list update first.Posted in: Rumor Mill Archive
The story I gave was that it was a preliminary list, and that some things had been changed around on top of that (the given reason being that doing so would help keep the leaker safe by not allowing Wizards to track down who had access to a given set list development revision). Decisions based around that kind of information are always a gamble, and the details as presented meant speculation would've carried significant risk. In the end, while I agree that it could cause some embarrassment or hurt feelings in people who did believe the list was real, as any April Fool's prank can do, I wouldn't agree that it was irresponsible of us.
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Apr 23, 2017Posted in: Articles
It's ultimately a supply thing. When it's bulk, it just kind of gets tossed to the wayside by most players, and thus never really enters circulation into the market (if ten thousand casual players all open a copy each, those ten thousand copies won't amount to anything if they're never sold or traded away, after all). Then after years and years go by and
GhaveEDH players need to get their token copying fix, they find that there are fewer copies out there than you'd have thought given the massive print runs modern sets have. And sometimes these shortages are forced by profiteers who buy up every copy they can find on the cheap and jack the price up by sheer availability drought. You need that time factor before things can really get silly, price-wise, though.
The real question is how many sets we can go through before this pattern stops holding up due to any number of economic factors. Just because Parallel Lives is worth a lot doesn't mean Anointed Procession will necessarily hold up if the state of Magic is rather different in five years.
Jan 13, 2017Posted in: ArticlesQuote from KandykidZero »Fumarole also combos with Crackdown Construct for infinite triggers.
While I did some research to try to get a sense of how people were trying to solve the new metagame, I can certainly miss things. That sort of combo would definitely explain the spike in price Fumarole's seeing more cleanly than it complementing Saheeli Rai. I'll keep that combo on my radar as far as tracking Fumarole's price is concerned.
Dec 18, 2016The reason I ask Rai specifically to use private channels is that there are several factors related to the transition in MMI authorship which are covered by staff confidentiality. Because of that and because of prior discussions we've had privately, it's difficult if not impossible for he and I to engage in productive discussion in a public venue. This isn't to say that other feedback should be private—things like "the BFZ-is-DGM joke was more confusing than funny" for instance are perfectly fine to air publicly, and I apologize if my statement came across as an attempt to reduce transparency. I should have been more upfront about why Rai's case is special.Posted in: Articles
Jun 18, 2016Typos have been fixed. The Manakin/Millikin one was like... I barely know what either of those cards are anyway, but there's no excuse for Sidisi. My bad on both, though.Posted in: Articles
Also, as far as Necro goes, the FTV art is just kinda... overwrought, I'd say. I personally use the Deckmasters version since the old art is one of Magic's more iconic pieces. Art is always subjective, though (for example, I had quite a discussion with someone this FNM about which Top art is better), so the best the MMI can do is offer a suggestion as to when art may be more or less desirable for pimping out one's deck. In that respect, what the MMI is basically offering is a rough guideline of where this Necro stands in relation to others (if I remember correctly, the Korean Fifth printing is considered the most pimp).
Jun 17, 2016Posted in: ArticlesQuote from krisdaschwab912 »So did somebody forget to hit "publish" again?
For reference, I'm currently working such that the MMI needs to be submitted to me by midnight Thursday. This is a departure from how things used to be, since I used to be able to stay up much later. If it misses that deadline, then I get home from work just before 4 PM Pacific time (which is about ten minutes from this post), which is the earliest I can work on it since my work blocks MTGS. (Edit: Wow, "work" three times in one sentence. And I call myself an editor...)
This week's MMI should be up within a half hour, give or take.
Apr 21, 2016As editor, my bad for not catching that. Reading through for content can be a bit difficult sometimes due to the sheer volume of card descriptions, so minor errors like that sometimes slip through. Sorry for any confusion. The error has been corrected.Posted in: Articles
Mar 25, 2016Teia Rabishu posted a message on The Magic Market Index: Review of Khans of Tarkir and Fate ReforgedFixed. Sorry about that. I thought I checked all the card tags in editing, but apparently one eluded me.Posted in: Articles
Nov 24, 2015I'd argue that the Creative team (including both character conceptualization and the art direction) are separate enough from tournament policy that you can't really say one poisons the other. It's more just a case that the left hand doesn't always know what the right is doing. My own personal complaints there are less about things like Liliana (since context is more important than single data points) and more about how it feels like they engage in rampant tokenization (e.g. Alesha, Narset, even Ashiok to an extent not really mattering past their initial introductions) while keeping the main characters primarily straight and light-skinned.Posted in: Articles
But none of that really gets in the way of enjoying a game, and I'm speaking as a bisexual trans woman here. Hell, my avatar and signature come from a hentai game. Magic's characterization and art direction aren't egregiously sexist enough to warrant excluding other concerns that keep women away from the game. Some women even take the "you are a planeswalker" thing and imagine being the dark-and-alluring type like Liliana, or the paladin type like Elspeth, or the free spirit type like Chandra, or the in-tune-with-nature type like Nissa, or whatever (and that's just the planeswalkers, to say nothing of the various legends floating around). Speaking from a feminist perspective, Magic isn't perfect, but it's a hell of a lot better than most, and it's a better use of one's energy to go after the companies that do things horribly wrong instead of the ones that do some things right but aren't perfect.
And Wizards is doing something right if approximately 40% of Magic players are female-identified. If that could be translated into tournament attendance, it'd be a huge win for equality even if it's not exactly 50/50.
Nov 21, 2015Posted in: ArticlesQuote from GoblinRabblemaster »You just don't get it.
Case in point, at one point he said something about "you and the author."
Except... I am the author.
Nov 21, 2015Posted in: ArticlesI' always a bit surprised when I read articles like these because I seem to rarely be able to witness such "That Guy" behavior in my LGS - so it's either happening "secretly" (aka only noticable by the woman/minority getting insulted) or "behind closed doors" (aka in specific groups that I'm not a part of).
The best way to think about the "I never really witness this behaviour personally" thing is like this.
Imagine you're a regular at a restaurant. You go there for lunch about once a week. You get to know the waiter fairly well. Then one week, the waiter tells you that they run into a ton of people being utter dicks to them day in and day out. You might not see it personally, but then again, you're only in that waiter's life for a very small portion of their work week. Unfortunately, the kinds of people who whine about my "victim complex" and other nonsense when it comes to this article don't quite seem to grok that it's equivalent to telling that waiter they just have a victim complex and that people aren't really dicks to them and the like.
It's an interesting parallel, to be certain, and it speaks to how interactions with different social groups can be really stunted. A waiter can be a person just like you (where "you" in this case refers to a generic straight white cis man), so they get sympathy and the benefit of the doubt because you could easily be in their place. A woman or a person of colour speaking of issues one might not face, on the other hand, earns hostility because That Guy is hearing of these issues and thinking they're being accused of being this terrible awful person. Hence why a waiter complaining about people being dicks gets a much mellower reaction than a woman complaining about people being sexist.
Nov 11, 2015Posted in: ArticlesQuote from CthulhuFthagen »I, for one, would rather see my game shop out of business.
So you'd rather see an entire community get screwed over than have social norms change around you? That is textbook That Guy thinking.
It's interesting to see how defensive this kind of article can make some people. Rather than discussing the points raised in such articles on their own merits, detractors frequently complain about "thought policing" and describe things as being "arbitrary" because they don't seem to respect the subject enough to get a proper handle on those points they disagree so strongly with. For one, it's not my own personal standards I'm advocating, but Wizards' standards as expressed through their tournament documents. For another, I'm not advocating thought policing, but simply leaving any off-putting and/or offensive behaviour at the door when in public events. For a third, I literally stated that one's peers should handle That Guy behaviour with a "dude, not cool," and leave the more official solutions up to judges and tournament organizers. When you make arguments like those, all it does is show that you didn't bother to read the article. It comes across like a knee-jerk "not this again" response.
The problem with getting through to people who do those kinds of things is that they tend to take statements that their behaviour is bad as being personal insults—they're being accused of doing bad things, and thus they think they're being accused of being bad people. That's where a good chunk of their defensiveness comes from, and the entire point of this article is to give authority figures better context in handling these things diplomatically. It's not aimed at That Guy because That Guy isn't inclined to take it seriously when women and minorities talk about women's and minorities' issues.
Nov 8, 2015Posted in: ArticlesQuote from Joban8 »I'm a man who's dating a transgender woman, but I don't get butthurt when we play with our group of friends and they crack an off-color joke every now and then. It's called humor and it's a two-way street; she gets in on the banter and gives it right back. I completely understand that when you're playing at an FNM or casual event with new players, these kinds of comments and jokes are uncalled for and simply make you an ********. However, in the comfort of your own playgroup, with people you know, what's the problem?
That's literally the point of the article. What's fine in a casual, private play group may not be fine with general audiences. I make a ton of jokes privately that I would never make at FNM or any other Magic event. As judge, I'd give any player making such jokes a good talking to. With your friends, you have a set comfort level that may not suit general audiences. If I went to a Magic event and heard some off colour trans jokes, I'd certainly feel unwelcome even if they weren't meant that way. Any good comedian knows you tailor your jokes to your audience, or it's your fault, not the audience's, if they react poorly. The short of this article's point is make whatever jokes you like in private, but be aware those jokes can have unintended consequences in public venues.
Hygiene is certainly an issue (and I even used it as an example of managerial mandate), but this article is about microaggressions, not hygiene, so please don't bring red herrings into this.
Oct 9, 2015There's a lot about the pro scene that really trickles some bad values down through the playerbase when you get right down to it. Problem is I can only antagonize so many people in one article, you know?Posted in: Articles
Oct 9, 2015I don't really have a lot of social media presence, though with the Magic Street Journal becoming a featured column on MTGS, updates will go through the MTGS twitter account.Posted in: Articles
Oct 6, 2015Don't peruse sites that pretend to be objective but actually aren't. Buy cards from your local game store or other smaller organizations rather than the largest online retailers. Rebuke blatant profiteering when you see it and make it clear that behaviour isn't tolerated in our community. Express to Wizards that you dislike where they're going with their reprint policies and demand they change things to be more player-friendly.Posted in: Articles
If the Magic community can get enough voices to do those things, you'd see some change happening.
Oct 4, 2015Promissory estoppel can essentially "replace" consideration when it comes to contracts if it can be shown that the promisee relied upon the promissor's statements in order to make decisions (invest in Magic cards, in this case) that, should the promissor break their word, would result in economic harm. To take a simple example, let's say there are a thousand Tarmogoyfs out there being held as investments, and Wizards' direct actions cause them to lose $100 of value each. Wizards could conceivably be liable for $100,000 in damages for that alone due to the implied contract, despite there being no direct consideration from Wizards. Promissory estoppel would, in that case, serve as consideration. In other words, despite that traditional consideration isn't involved, contracts can be upheld due to the presence of promissory estoppel. There are a number of cases that show this in action, such as Feinberg v. Pheiffer Co. (employee retires on promise of a certain pension, takes legal action when the company attempts to lower the amount) or Hoffman v. Red Owl Stores Inc (person sells business on promise of obtaining a franchise, takes action when he doesn't get it).Posted in: Articles
Plus, consumer confidence isn't the only kind of confidence they'd stand to lose. Entities such as suppliers, creditors, and investors generally wouldn't be as keen to do business with a business that gets sued for breach of contract and goes back on their word. This could well lead to things like more costly credit, less favourable repayment periods for their debts, loss of investment into the company, and other similar financial repercussions.
Oct 4, 2015Yeah, that's why I'm pretty sore that they didn't do more before closing the door forever in 2002. It must have seemed like such a big deal at the time, but it really hindered things in the long run. I realize they needed to make some form of concession to the collectors of the day, and that removing non-rare cards was a huge thing to do, but in the end it's unfortunately a case of not conservative enough to please the collectors, not radical enough to please the players. The worst kind of compromise.Posted in: Articles
Oct 3, 2015Most LGSes make their revenue from high-volume sales in Standard and to an extent Modern cards, along with running Limited events. They don't necessarily want to have $200+ duals and other overpriced cards sitting in their display cases gathering dust until someone comes in and buys them. That ruins their inventory turnover (essentially, the rate at which a store cycles through selling its inventory) and hogs valuable display space that could've gone to more highly salable product. If I buy a dual land for $100 and sit around for a week or three before it sells at $200, I just made the same profit I could've made buying twenty tangolands for $5 and selling for $10 each in much less time (yes, diversification comes into play to an extent, but it matters less for merchandise inventory meant to be sold ASAP than investments held onto in the long term).Posted in: Articles
This isn't an "all singles should be like a dollar" article, but an "all cards should be reasonably priced" article. $20 for a Modern staple on the level of Tiago or Liliana is fine, but $50+ is absurd (and remember, Wizards explicitly stated at the format's inception that they wanted to avoid card availability problems, implicitly including price as a factor, but such problems are only proliferating due to their reprint policies).
Oct 2, 2015Zendikar Expeditions is technically a standalone set. It's just distributed in BFZ packs. Conceptually it's little different from FTV or other limited releases when you get right down with it. It's a silly cash grab, but it's not really a new rarity since Zendikar Expedition isn't Standard-legal in and of itself.Posted in: Articles
Oct 2, 2015MTGO is kind of an odd duck. I didn't mention it in the article because it doesn't influence paper Magic very much—it's a very one-way relationship there. They very clearly intend for it to be an official Magic-playing space that actually doesn't have to worry about the reserve list, since they can print Vintage Masters and the like. But for whatever reason, their management just isn't willing to give it the budget and talent it really needs to succeed. The infamous stories of bad management (nepotism, office politics, etc) combined with paying below industry average for programmers on the grounds that they should be working for the love of the game mean its direction and progress are inherently stifled. I suspect this is due to someone in Wizards' management structure not wanting MTGO to detract too heavily from the physical game. In other words, surging popularity for MTGO would be a success, unless it makes players play the physical game less. Compare this to the Duels franchise, which grabs new players who don't otherwise play Magic and tries to be a springboard into the physical game, and you can see why Wizards would overall prefer Duels to MTGO.Posted in: Articles
I really want to like MTGO, but I just can't, for a number of reasons not worth getting into here. But the gist of it is that it does solve a number of real-world Maginomics problems (while introducing a few others, such as bottleneck pricing for certain random unpopular foils to complete set redemption) and doesn't have the reserve list to worry about. It could be great if Wizards wanted it to be, but it's a long way to go.
Sep 2, 2015Teia Rabishu posted a message on The Magic Street Journal: Glitter, Gimmicks, and Glamours - Wizards' Reprint ShenanigansPosted in: ArticlesQuote from halahel »Wizards displayed a clear respect for the importance of finance and the collectibility of the cards very early in the game's history with the creation of the Reserved List and Type 1. People like to forget that Chronicles nearly sank Magic for good.
Just because something is good once doesn't mean it will always be good (there's a reason Maro and others have openly stated how much they dislike still being bound by the reserve list), nor does it mean that different measures nowadays to target that same market segment are necessarily good. If you disagree with the psychology behind equity theory, then that's your prerogative, but you do have to wonder how many people wind up quitting after a Standard season or two because they realize how expensive this game is because so many decisions are geared more towards collectors and investors than players. Even Modern is getting to be as expensive as Legacy was only a few years ago, with Standard being tremendously expensive to play for more than a season, and the prospect of dropping another $300-500 (or more if they want to play anything with Tarmogoyf) just to have one non-rotating deck that might wane out of the meta and become non-competitive or get banned at a moment's notice (on top of the Standard expenses they've incurred) turns a lot of people off the game.
Sep 2, 2015Teia Rabishu posted a message on The Magic Street Journal: Glitter, Gimmicks, and Glamours - Wizards' Reprint ShenanigansPosted in: ArticlesQuote from jnewhouse »Sales increase by continuing to grow the player base.
Each growth effort has diminishing returns, so they need to resort to greater measures to get an equivalent growth as time goes on.
Let's say you start with 1000 players for the sake of easy math. If you attract 100 new players, you're now at 1100, or 10% growth. Another 100 new players from there would be 9.1% growth. You can substitute any metric (packs sold, number of WPN locations, etc) and this holds true because it's simple math. You're got the same amount of new players, but your growth rate has slowed. So you'd have to find ways to get a greater number of players to join each time just to maintain the same level of growth. At some point, it just becomes unfeasible to keep growing rapidly as the market becomes saturated.
Bear also in mind that most of the highly valuable Standard cards lately have been reprints and planeswalkers. Not many recently-printed cards would have that much gravitas being reprinted as a sales booster in about five years the way shocks, fetches, and Modern staples like Thoughtseize are. In order to keep their desired growth, to have each fall set outsell the last, they're resorting to increasingly drastic measures, and they're draining the well faster than it can refill (the BFZ slowlands are really the only recent new cards I can think of that would have any significant set-selling oomph to them). If they don't change their approach to the game, that well's gotta dry out eventually, and you have to wonder what other measures they'll resort to if that happens.
Jun 27, 2015Teia Rabishu posted a message on The Running Tally of Current Sets for June 26, 2015But it's usually such colourless commentary.Posted in: Articles
Jun 25, 2015To be fair, a lot of this comes from speculators. Some upticks in price, like Snapcaster, come from bottlenecks to creating decks and their price increased is matched by a format-wide increase in demand due to the income effect you described. Other upticks in price (often the unsustainable ones that settle back down, albeit at a higher price than before) are due to market manipulation from speculators either wanting to get in on the next big thing, or who simply want to pump-and-dump an easy target. Overall format price can be lowered, but not with Wizards' current strategy, especially given the exploitative state of the market.Posted in: Articles
Jun 25, 2015Posted in: ArticlesQuote from Rai Kerensky »Edit: I am aware of the Bitterblossom / Cryptic Command line. I thought I deleted those, but that is my fault. It is Cryptic Command then Bitterblossom.
To be fair, as editor, I should've caught that too, and in my negligence, I didn't. This error has been corrected, and I apologize for the original oversight.
Jun 25, 2015Prices are down for the cards in MM2, but there are a great many cards not in the set that spiked alongside those falling, so the cost of entry into the format itself isn't really any lower. You have cheaper Splinter Twins, but much more expensive Blood Moons. You have cheaper Cryptics, but much more expensive Snapcasters. At the end of the day, a few staples went down, but the format as a whole isn't a much more affordable proposition to play at a competitive level.Posted in: Articles
Jun 5, 2015Teia Rabishu posted a message on The Running Tally of Current Sets for June 5, 2015I've fixed it in this instance, however unfortunately it's not feasible to check every single entry in every table, so if Rai's not careful, sometimes these things slip through. I try to see whether the most notable movers are correct and adjust accordingly, but sometimes these things slip through. My apologies for any confusion this may have caused.Posted in: Articles
May 22, 2015Teia Rabishu posted a message on The Running Tally of Current Sets for May 22, 2015As the editor behind this project, I can definitely say that the formatting and other details aren't necessarily set in stone. We simply feel that we reached a point where it was time to go live and see what kind of feedback we'll get and adjust accordingly. Colour-coding the changes is definitely something we can look into, and of course as we go on, we can look at refining how we report price trends. The unfortunate reality, though, is that technical limitations of our article system prevent us from implementing things like plugins for live price charts, so everything will have to be text- and image-based (i.e. history graphs would have to be non-interactive static images). Nevertheless, we do appreciate your feedback and will be looking into improving the tally over the next few weeks.Posted in: Articles
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