11/24/2010 StF: "Continuum"

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This thread is for discussion of this week's Savor the Flavor, which goes live Wednesday morning on magicthegathering.com.
I suppose this shouldn't surprise me, given that you're the creative guru and all, but you're a really good writer, Doug. This article was fun to read, and very clearly written. I especially liked your use of "Magic qua trading card game." I bet you were a philosophy major.

EDIT: Whoa, you actually have an MA in philosophy. Not only is that completely badass, it also explains a lot. Now I'm curious how you wound up web-developing/writing/world-building for a trading card game...
I'd just like to point out that although magical talent might not automatically put into the top echelon of your society it is one of the skills more inclined to do so. Just as in our world martial prowess often leads to a satisfying chieftanship or position as generalissimo magic should lend itself towards high social position more often than most traits. Everybody appreciates the talents of a good mathematician but there is little he or she can do to forcefully maneuver themselves into a position of status (unless their society really, really needs mathematicians for something important). Skills like martial prowess, intelligence, charisma and magical power however can help you forcefully maneuver up the social ladder. I imagine the first three examples would work best respectively in societies which are: chaotic, complicated, highly social and relationship based. Magic is a little broad to classify but the benefits of mental persuasion, fireball throwing and the like are probably better social climbing tools than the equivalent mathematical prowess.
Like I said though magic is a little broad to categorize
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Seriously I wrote all that and still got second post?!?
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"There is a Phyrexian language, complete with rules of grammar and pronunciation, constructed for us by a linguist."

REALLY? Holy crap.
Not having magic is like being handicapped perhaps. Oh well, if you are rich, you can hire magic-wielding servants who are stuck in poverty, to cast spells for you.
Great article. I could have read that all day.

~ Tim
I am Blue/White Reached DCI Rating 1800 on 28/10/11. :D
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56287226 wrote:
190106923 wrote:
Not bad. But what happens flavor wise when one kamahl kills the other one?
Zis iz a sign uf deep psychological troma, buried in zer subconscious mind. By keelink himzelf, Kamahl iz physically expressink hiz feelinks uf self-disgust ova hiz desire for hiz muzzer. [/GermanPsychologistVoice]
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57799958 wrote:
That makes no sense to me. If they spelled the ability out on the card in full then it would not be allowed in a mono-black Commander deck, but because they used a keyword to save space it is allowed? ~ Tim
Yup, just like you can have Birds of paradise in a mono green deck but not Noble Hierarch. YAY COLOR IDENTITY
56287226 wrote:
56888618 wrote:
Is algebra really that difficult?
Survey says yes.
56883218 wrote:
57799958 wrote:
You want to make a milky drink. You squeeze a cow.
I love this description. Like the cows are sponges filled with milk. I can see it all Nick Parks claymation-style with the cow's eyes bugging out momentarily as a giant farmer squeezes it like a squeaky dog toy, and milk shoots out of it.
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56735468 wrote:
And no judge will ever give you a game loss for playing snow covered lands.
I now have a new goal in life. ;)
"There is a Phyrexian language, complete with rules of grammar and pronunciation, constructed for us by a linguist."

REALLY? Holy crap.

My reaction, exactly. I still find it hard to believe.
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57817638 wrote:
I like storm crow because I really like crows in real life, as an animal, and the card isn't terribly stupid, but packs a good deal of nostalgia and also a chunck of the game's history. So it's perhaps one of the cards I have most affection to, but not because "lol storm crow is bad hurr hurr durr".
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56747598 wrote:
57295478 wrote:
Although I do assume you deliberately refer to them (DCI) as The Grand Imperial Convocation of Evil just for the purposes of making them sound like an ancient and terrible conspiracy.
Now, now. 1994 doesn't quite qualify as "ancient".
56734518 wrote:
Oh, it's a brilliant plan. You see, Bolas was travelling through shadowmoor, causing trouble, when he saw a Wickerbough Elder with its stylin' dead scarecrow hat. Now, Bolas being Bolas took the awesome hat and he put it on his head, but even with all his titanic powers of magic he couldn't make it fit. He grabbed some more scarecrows, but then a little kithkin girl asked if he was trying to build a toupee. "BY ALL THE POWERS IN THE MULTIVERSE!" he roared, "I WILL HAVE A HAT WORTHY OF MY GLORY." and so he went through his Dark Lore of Doom (tm) looking for something he could make into a hat that would look as stylish on him as a scarecrow does on a treefolk. He thought about the Phyrexians, but they were covered in goopy oil that would make his nonexistant hair greasy. He Tried out angels for a while but they didn't sit quite right. Then, he looked under "e" (because in the Elder Draconic alphabet, "e" for Eldrazi is right next to "h" for Hat) in his Dark Lore of Doom and saw depictions of the Eldrazi, and all their forms. "THIS SHALL BE MY HAT!" he declared, poking a picture of Emrakul, "AND WITH IT I WILL USHER IN A NEW AGE OF DARKNESS -- ER, I MEAN A NEW AGE OF FASHION!" And so Nicol Bolas masterminded the release of the Eldrazi.
57864098 wrote:
Rhox War Monk just flips pancakes, and if games have told us anything, it's that food = life.
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76973988 wrote:
This thread has gotten creepy. XP
Really? Really? The last couple days have been roughly every perverse fetish imaginable, but it only got "creepy" when speculation on Mother of Runes's mob affiliation came up?
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57531048 wrote:
Nice mana base. Not really.
Yeah, really. If my deck was going to cost $1000+, I'd at least make it good.
99812049 wrote:
I like to think up what I consider clever names for my decks, only later to be laughed at by my wife. It kills me a little on the inside, but thats what marriage is about.
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56854588 wrote:
Of course, the best use [of tolaria west] is transmuting for the real Tolaria. ;)
Absolutely. I used to loose to my buddy's Banding deck for ages, it was then that I found out about Tolaria, and I was finally able win my first game.
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WOAH wait wait wait
56957928 wrote:
You know, being shallow and jusdgmental aside, "I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
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"I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
56957928 wrote:
Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates
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OH MY GOD
109874309 wrote:
The only way I'd cast this card is into a bonfire.
82032421 wrote:
The short answer is that there's no rule barring annoying people from posting, but there a rule barring us from harassing them about it.
56747598 wrote:
Browbeat is a card that is an appropriate deck choice when there's no better idea available. "No better idea available" was pretty much the running theme of Odyssey era.
56874518 wrote:
Or perhaps it was a more straightforward comment indicating a wish for you to be bitten (Perhaps repeatedly) by a small yet highly venomous arachnid.
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58280208 wrote:
You're an idiot, and I'm in no mood for silliness.
57817638 wrote:
57145078 wrote:
You just... Vektor it.
That's the answer to everything.
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58347268 wrote:
I think the problem is that you don't exist.
This would sound great out of context!
56965458 wrote:
Modern is like playing a new tournament every time : you build a deck, you win with it, don't bother keeping it. Just build another, its key pieces will get banned.
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57309598 wrote:
I specifically remember posting a thread when I was just a witty bitty noob.
You make it sound like that's still not the case.
58325628 wrote:
Rap is what happens when the c from crap is taken away.
Doug Beyer:
But sometimes it's also challenging. Because sometimes OH MY GOD, WHAT THE HELL IS THIS THING?
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Flashforward five thousand years (Click for atmosphere) :
57927608 wrote:
to paraphrase Jeff Goldblum, Vektor finds a way.
58347268 wrote:
when in rome **** AND PILLAGE
143229641 wrote:
I always find it helpful when im angry to dress up in an owl costume and rub pennies all over my body in front of a full body mirror next to the window.
Dymecoar:
Playing Magic without Blue is like sleeping without any sheets or blankets. You can do it...but why?
Omega137:
Me: "I love the moment when a control deck stabilizes. It feels so... right." Omega137: "I like the life drop part until you get there, it's the MtG variant of bungee jumping"
Zigeif777:
Just do it like Yu-Gi-Oh or monkeys: throw all the crap you got at them and hope it works or else the by-standers (or opponents) just get dirty and pissed.
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58258708 wrote:
It's true that Alpha and Beta didn't contain any cards like Tarmogoyf, Darksteel Colossus, or Platinum Angel. It just contained weak, insignificant cards like Black Lotus, Mox Sapphire, and Time Walk.
Normally it's difficult to pick up on your jokes/sarcasm. But this one's pretty much out there. Good progress. You have moved up to Humanoid. You'll be Human in no time.
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94618431 wrote:
I didn't know Samurai were known to be able to cut down whole armies...
They can when they're using lightsabers!
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97980259 wrote:
My wife brought home a baby black squirrel they found on a horse track and cared for it for a few days. We named it Grixis, but it died.
Unearth it!
70246459 wrote:
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Awesome. I love reading about the flavour of how magic permeates a world. And I'm also seriously impressed that there exists a Phyrexian language with rules of grammar. Just awesome.
"There is a Phyrexian language, complete with rules of grammar and pronunciation, constructed for us by a linguist."

Maybe this is part of the reason MPR got axed.
I think Adam's analogy fits...to a point.
Gymnastics is not something people can pick up at a later age, whereas Magic you likely could. (Thought I'm not sure, that's a creative discussion/argument with style guides being hurled at each other after making points.)

It's not like being a Jedi where Yoda yells at a ghost to say he's too old and wham, exception to the rule occurs.
I think it's more like basketball or a language.

Think 15 year old in high school and a 35 year old man in his YMCA basketball league.
Now perhaps the older man may increase his shooting percentage, but he isn't going to learn how to dunk.
And likewise, the younger man's crossover is going to get schooled by the older man's arm length and experience in defense, but the younger man has the change to learn more, gain more while his mind is more apt to it. i.e. no look passes etc. Nice Shock spell, here's a Suffocating Blast,

Same with languages.
Ever see a 6 year old Swiss child learn 4+ languages? Truly simple for him or her. Granted they will not be able to fully command the vocabulary (or spells, banefire etc.), but their arsenal is larger, albeit weaker.
I see Target Corp. businessmen trying to learn Mardarin and it's painful on the streetcar. Truly painful. Painful Quandary painful.
It's amazing that you have a binder with Phyrexian language, complete with writing system. It reminds me of Tolkein creating all the Elven and Dwarven languages as background for his work. I hope Wizards can release it online sometime. Maybe there's some of us geeky enough to try to learn it and speak it to each other at fan conventions or something. I am deeply fascinated.

The fact that the binder contains "handy phrases" makes me think the linguist got extremely creative with his job. (I'm imagining words like "May the Force be with you" - words that reflect the belief system but can be used in everyday situations - except scarier, because it reflects a Phyrexian way of seeing the world)

How do you find the right people to do these things? Wizards seems to have a knack for it. It reminds me of this article about the Japanese artist who designed the art style for Kamigawa.
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