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Gone Fishin’

Congrats to our esteemed former editor-in-chief for moving up to, as Keith Olbermann would put it, “The Big Show.” Pack an umbrella and several cans of -O-Leum, Omeed, you’re gonna need it. Props must also be given to a local player I know, Chris Benafel, for finishing second at Nationals and advancing to Worlds (great,…

Casual Fridays #45: Ode to Omeed

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Regular programming for Casual Fridays has been postponed one week so that we can deal with this timely topic. (Sure, one week old by the time you read this, but it’s not like Omeed put a freshness date on his resignation.) Like many of you, I was dismayed to find out Monday (this…

Old School

This is all going to be very dangerous. Today I’m releasing the method for an amazing multiplayer variant, and along with that the steps necessary to create the environment within which it can flourish. This isn’t for the faint of heart. Yesterday I was at the bus station minding the closest thing to my own…

If People Were Magic Cards – The Directors Cut

Following up from the thinly-disguised space-filler from a couple of articles ago, I thought I’d throw in a few more ‘persons as Magic cards’ – you know the concept, I mean the title fair gives the game away, no? Anyway – I know this is asking for trouble, but can anyone out there produce some…

54th – That’s Pretty Rubbish, Isn’t It?

SATURDAY It is a beautiful morning – blue skies and shining, summer sun. Alan and myself leave my part-time Reading residence at the crack of dawn (a lark in attendance) and drive to Guildford – shining Southern metropolis and home to this year’s English Nationals. I should emphasise that they are the ENGLISH Nationals (…

A Little Counter, A Little Burn

Well, is out and last week I said I’d have a look at it. Once again I’ve been beaten to the crunch by a whole host of writers who seem to have lots of ideas that (I guess) you don’t want to hear for the millionth time, so I’ve got to come up with something…

Random Thoughts

A-yup. That’s what I thought. · and Lin Sivvi banned in Mercadian block Lin Sivvi doesn’t surprise me, but when I think about it, banning the Port makes sense too. If Pro Tour-NY 2000 taught us anything (aside from the fact that everything you see about New York on Letterman is pretty much spot on)…

Trading

Hey, look at me! I’m the only guy on the ‘net who’s not writing about ! I was planning to, but I didn’t want to bore you all with just someone else’s opinion about the set. And, I especially didn’t want to subject you to MY opinion. (Just a little humility there, that’s all.) Well,…

Prophecy: The Threat On The Horizon

Let’s open with a little ditty, shall we? (Sung to the tune of “Jimmy Crack Corn”) Lennon gets shot, and I don’t care; Elvis cacks off, and I don’t care; But Zappa dies, and then I caaaaare…. The Master’s gone away! My aunt, who was a reasonable woman, went completely berserk when John Lennon was…

We Interrupt Current Programming…

Er… no, that’s not quite right… first up, just a quick note to say that I am getting a little worried right now. Worried for the beloved game of Magic: The Gathering. Why? Well there’s a new kid on the block and he’s getting all of our friends to go play with him instead –…

Casual Fridays #43: To Infinity And Beyond!

EDITOR’S NOTE TO THE READER: Two days ago – about the time I was expecting Anthony’s regular installment of Casual Fridays – I received the following submission my mailbox. Its unusual content, and the date in the header, spurred me to additional research. While the evidence is inconclusive at this point, we believe that this…

Rhysticology

Have you seen that Pepsi commercial? I think it has Sammy Sosa in it, and all these people taking the “Pepsi Challenge.” The nice looking fellow steps up to the table with the meticulously disguised cans and little pristine white paper cups, looks at the camera and says something like ‘I’ve been a Coke drinker,…

Teams: A Necessity

What a weekend. A weekend of highs and lows, triumph and despair and the English Nationals has passed us by until next year. A few thoughts on the weekend followed by a few thoughts about teams in magic follow: I qualified in London for the Nationals and had been preparing for it for some time….

When Shall We Three Meet Again?

Cheap Link ———————— The sun is shining, the birds are singing, flowers are in full bloom, and the suburbs echo to the distant sound of leather upon willow ("that’ll be 100 pound, m’lud"). In such circumstances, one’s thoughts naturally turn to Magic: the Gathering Teams; well, they do down our way… So, what actually makes…