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What Is That Loathsome Smell? (132/302)

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     Greetings everyone. I hope you enjoyed some scares and some good candy last week. Trick or treating wasn't really an option for a lot of people this year, but if you're like me you still ate a hell of a lot of sugary sweets and watched some good horror flicks. Onto Thanksgiving and the glorious feast which it entails!     So in addition to all the pandemic insanity I have been utterly jammed with work the last few months. I am by no means complaining, just lamenting the lack of time I've had for important things, like Magic and video games. That being said my posts have been a bit shorter, which is OK as long as I keep getting more Unlimited  cards on my long quest for a complete set. Although it has been crazy at the office I've managed to get up at least one post a month. When I started this blog at the outset of my quest nearly two years ago it was never my intention to take deep dives into the strategic uses of the cards, it has always been more of a scrapbook

I Have Always Hated This Card (131/302)

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     Good evening fellow Old Schoolers. I hope that autumn finds you and yours well. I know I am not sad to see a summer without swim clubs and vacations come to a close! Even in normal times the final three months of the year are my favorite. I love the falling leaves turning into falling snow, and the holidays make bring me as much joy as an adult as they did when I was a kid. In this difficult year it's important to really treasure the good times and isn't that what the holidays are about? Well, that and horror movies, gluttony, and presents! Speaking of having fun I would like to discuss something totally not fun this week, though any time I add a new rare it is a good day. The latest step in my quest to acquire a complete set of Unlimited Edition  is a card that have always hated.      There are few cards that I actually dislike. My love of this game, its history, the illustrations, the lore, and of course the mechanics makes it hard for me to truly dislike a card. I can u

Some Cards Are Just Totally Awesome (130/302)

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Good evening friends. I hope September is going well for all of you. Soon we will be entering those wonderful days of football, cooler temperatures, and the many-colored wonder of leaves as they prepare to fall to the ground. Autumn and winter have always been my favorite seasons and I am looking forward to the end of this long, hot, crazy summer. Here's hoping you all are as excited as I am for the coming months. Alpha/Beta/Unlimited was wildly successful for a number of reasons. The game was obviously fun and addictive, plus it was a fresh and unique gaming concept in 1993. Another factor in the amazing success of Magic: The Gathering  was how wonderfully evocative so many of the cards were. Dr. Garfield and the Limited Edition design and development team wanted to create a game that was at once complex but also accessible in terms of its setting and even mechanics. The set was top-down design at its finest. Cards like Fireball , Stream of Life , Armageddon , and so many others d

My First Jailbreak (129/302)

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Good evening friends the world over. I hope August finds you and yours well. I have found that blogging is a rather pleasant diversion during this, the year of our discontent, so I have been writing on a weekly basis. As I approach the halfway point in my quest for a complete set of Unlimited  I look forward to the time when I can play with my friends in person once more. I am also really excited for 2021, when I can get on the road and meet some new friends in this great community of ours. The cancellation of Eternal Weekend was tough, though I am cognizant of its unimportance in comparison to the suffering felt by so many this year. This too shall pass... When I think back to late 1994 when my brother Jimmy and I started playing, several cards immediately come to mind. Obviously Hill Giant, my first favorite card. The cards that jump to mind are inextricably linked to the various decks in my family playgroup: Dad's U/B--- Royal Assassin, Terror, Braingeyser Sister Kristin's W

A Necromancer Rules the Wintry World (127-128/302)

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Happy Saturday friends here in The United States and abroad. I hope everyone is safe and healthy. I cannot wait until The Akron Legionnaires can meet in person once more. I am also stoked to get to some tournaments next year and play with new people. Trying to collect a full set of Unlimited is both challenging and rewarding, but nothing beats sitting around a table drinking a milkshake or a beer while slinging spells with good people.  Another activity that has been a wonderful escape for me during our present crises has been Dungeons and Dragons. I did not encounter the amazing world of roleplaying until last year. I made an off-handed remark to Matt and Sean one time back in February or March of 2019 that I was curious about Dungeons and Dragons and they invited me to watch one of their sessions with Jason. I was totally blown away by the immersive, fantastic nature of the game. I didn't really understand how it was played or what was goi

On a Crusade for Better Gameplay (126/302)

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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 lo

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

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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 Gat