Sunday, January 15, 2017

Multiplayer Cube

So, I have been reading a lot about cube recently because I want to update the multiplayer cube. There aren't a lot of resources about multiplayer cubes on the internet, but I am going to apply a lot of lessons from articles about regular cubes and from observations of what makes a good draft format based on sets that Wizards points out. One of the biggest changes that I think will make it more fun and strategic to play is to change the variability in power level so that it isn't just all the best cards in multiplayer magic. This would lead to more flexibility in what cards could be good enough to be played in the cube allowing for more interesting cards and more synergies.

Additionally, I am looking to move more towards making the cube have flexible themes that you can build your deck around. Like in regular draft sets, I want these to have some overlap so some cards are good in multiple themes or good enough on their own, so there won't be many cards that only fit in one archetype. So, based on all this, my question for you guys is what mechanics or keywords do you think are the most fun to play with in the multiplayer magic and might warrant being an archetype in the cube?

I'd also be interested in hearing any other ideas you might have about how to go about reworking the cube.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Christmas Ancient Commanders

As Christmas approaches, if there's a commander (or other card) you'd like me to do in an ancient style, let me know sooner rather than later so I can get started. I'll be bringing them with me to the graduation party. I've heard from Joey and should finish his this weekend. Aside from individual cards, I've tried my hand at tokens, starting with energy tokens. I based these on accounting tokens from the ancient Near East that were the precursors to writing (at least in Mesopotamia).

So if you have any token ideas, or suggestions, feel free to go with that. As a reminder, I can do cuneiform (Sumerian, Old Babylonian, Ugaritic, Neo-Assyrian, Neo-Babylonian) and alphabetic scripts (Hebrew, Aramaic, Phoenician, Moabite). By the way, for myself I did Nebuchadnezzar, which you can see below.

And in anticipation of Amonkhet I did Ramses Overdark in Egyptian.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sweetwater, TX



We stopped at a gas station. A country establishment. Part wild west general store, part haunted house. Like one of those abandoned farm shacks that pass you by on the highway when you've been moving long enough to be hypnotized.  Chow chow was eating cigarette butts off the ground. I looked down the road. Its something I'll always remember. A blonde girl riding a horse in the leafy distance. Hooves crunching the gravel.  She reared her beautiful head and we locked eyes for an instant.  Shyly, I turned away. When I turned back, she was already gone. If it was something, a hallucination or a waking dream, it wouldn't have felt it like I did. There's a difference. Somehow subconsciously there's a realness and a visceral feeling behind it. Like really real. But whoever she was, wherever she was going in life and otherwise, she was already gone. With this lingering, I went inside and bought a bag of chicharrones.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016