On a Crusade for Better Gameplay (126/302)

Happy Saturday my friends across the globe. As we all continue to trudge through this incredibly challenging year, I find that the weekends are especially important to re-center around what is important: relaxation and Old School Magic: The Gathering. Summer vacations and pool days may have been wrecked by COVID-19, but The Akron Legionnaires continue to find comfort in the friendly confines of online dueling. As we continue to tweak our decks to find that perfect balance between killer combos and spicy brewing, ever wary of too much optimization, I continue to happily move along in my long journey to acquire a complete set of Unlimited Edition.
My brother Jimmy and my friends Matt and Sean comprise The Akron Legionnaires. This year we were going to begin holding occasional meet-ups at our local gaming/alcohol/milkshake establishment, but the aforementioned pandemic foiled our plans. Like most Old School groups we strive for a fun, casual atmosphere. We also individually are always loo…

It's Been too Long (107-125/302)

Good Afternoon and Happy Weekend friends the world over. It has certainly been a challenging year for everyone, some unfortunately much more so than others. Thankfully no know one I know personally has been a victim of the tragic COVID-19 pandemic, but like everyone I have adjusting to life being essentially shut down here in the states. I have been working from home since March 15th and do miss my colleagues but am grateful that I am blessed enough to be in a position where working from home is even an option. I am much looking forward to re-entering the world when it is safe to do so. 
It has been far too long since I have posted on my blog. I started in January 2019 and up until this past April I had averaged about one post per month. I guess it took a global pandemic and a market crash to knock me off my stride, but I am hoping to start posting at least once a month again. I was about a third of the way through my quest to collect a complete set of the Unlimited Edition of The Gath…

Just a Few Awesome Cards (105-106/302)

Hello friends across the world. Things are certainly a lot different from the last time we met. Like many of you, my wife and I have been "sheltering in place" (stuck at home, and rightfully so) here in Ohio for about a week now in response to COVID-19. My prayers go out to anyone reading this who has been affected by the pandemic, especially our friends in China and Italy. Hang tough and know that we are all with you. Sometimes it is hard to focus on other things during times like these, but perhaps now more than ever it is crucial to find ways to de-stress and unwind. I know that Old School tournaments are already being cancelled, but here in our corner of the world the Akron Legionnaires have gotten several epic games in via webcam, and it has certainly helped me to soldier through this. Keep calm and play Magic: The Gathering I guess.

I've mentioned before that to me the coolest cards in Unlimited are non-Power ones that did not make it to Revised. Obviously I am not…

A Glorious Christmas Present (104/302)

Good morning and happy Friday fellow Old School players across the world. It has been an especially hairy month at work (I am a financial planner) and I have not been able to focus on Magic anywhere near as much as I would like. It sure seems like the sky is falling these days with the Coronavirus and the world markets. I hope the media in other countries is not as hysterical, misinformed, and prone to inducing unnecessary panic as it is here in America. If you are reading this from Europe or Asia stay away from sick people and let's all hope this blows over when the weather changes! Now on to more radical, bodacious things.

My wife Lauren is a real boss lady. In addition to being highly intelligent and extremely beautiful, she also is always open to playing video games, board games, and Magic with me. Now I don't have any illusions of her coming to a tournament or even wanting to play Magic if I suddenly stopped, but she will sit down and build decks with me and then play for…

The Old School is Strong in Ohio (101-103/302)

Hello everyone, welcome to the second month of the Roaring 20's. I hope we all have had a great beginning to the new decade. My goal for the new year was two blog posts per month, however a bad case of the flu at the beginning of the year sidelined me for a week and then an extremely hectic, albeit productive, month at work kept me from meeting my goal. I intend to fix that now. I begin my staycation today and look forward to the Super Bowl, video games, and Magic. 
One of the most awesome parts of Old School Magic: The Gathering is the various local communities that dot the globe. From our forefathers in Sweden to the groups right here in the United States and everywhere in between, the different rules, cultures, blogs, and tournaments are what set this format apart. Any time I see people get irritated about set legality or rule variations I cannot help but feel that they are missing the point. Just play with your group how you like with the cards you like and respect those with…

100th Card Spectacular!!! (100/302)

Happy belated new year to everyone the world over. It has become increasingly apparent to me that the little things are very important, and having a decade that is easy to say out loud for the first time since the '90's is a big deal. I wish everyone and their families and friends a happy, prosperous '20's! May they roar like a field of Savannah Lions! My Christmas was totally bodacious and the wife and I spent New Years Eve with the rest of the Akron Legionnaires and much karaoke was sang. 2020 has been rough for me so far though as I got hit with a nasty case of Influenza B that had me down for a good week with a severe cough, a sore throat straight from the bowels of Hell, and a high fever. I am now back again, like Aerosmith I persevered through the hard times and am ready to conquer a new decade. Part of this good cheer comes from having acquired my 100th(!) card in my quest to complete a set of Unlimited Edition. What began about a year ago is starting to get rea…

Three Akron Legionnaires Trek to the Columbus Kobolds Butterball Tournament (93-99/302)

Greetings duelists around the world, and a belated Happy Thanksgiving. The holiday season has always been my favorite time of year, and I can say without reservation that I am super stoked about Christmas this year. I love giving and getting gifts, eating well, and taking a few weeks off at the end of another wild year. I am happy to report that I kicked off the holiday season this year with a bang. My brother Jimmy, Matt and I represented the Akron Legionnaires at the inaugural Butterball OS 93/94 tournament put on by the Columbus Kobolds the Saturday before Turkey Day. Though we sorely missed our friend and fellow Legionnaire Sean, it was a great day of dueling. I can say without reservation that the Kobolds are awesome, many thanks to them for putting on a great tournament and being a generally classy, jovial group of guys.

Jimmy, his fiancee, and Matt headed down bright and early Saturday morning. Since my sister-in-law lives in Columbus my wife and I decided to make a weekend of …