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Chapter 3 | Old School Magic – A Visit to the Zoo – Vintage Magic
Series Index Chapter 1: Back to the Future – An Introduction to Old School Magic Chapter 2: Old School Magic – The History of “The Deck” Introduction Welcome…
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Chapter 2 | Old School Magic – The History of “The Deck” – Vintage Magic
Series Index Chapter 1: Back to the Future – An Introduction to Old School Magic Introduction There is no more famous strategy in Magic than Brian Weissman’s…
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Chapter 1 | Back to the Future: An Introduction to Old School Magic! – Vintage Magic
Introduction As the game of Magic races deeper into its third decade, a wave of nostalgia has seized of the imagination of its players. Magic aficionados have…
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Death of a Language Dilettante
I used to try every language I came across. That includes the usual alternatives like Scheme, Haskell, Lua, Forth, OCaml, and Prolog; the more esoteric J, K,…
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Winston Draft
Last week, Scott had to rerun one of my old articles because I was incapacitated. As late as Tuesday evening I believed, as the disclaimer on the article…
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Zeddemore Format: by far my favorite way to play Magic | Magic: The Gathering | BoardGameGeek
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ALPHA, BETA AND UNLIMITED - CARD SET ARCHIVE – PRODUCTS – GAME INFO
Premiering in August 1993 as the first Magic: The Gathering set, Limited Edition Alpha was the set that started it all. It had 295 cards and a mere 2.6 million…
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StarCityGames.com - All About Alpha
This means that for every Alpha copy of a card printed there were roughly three Beta copies. It also means that Alpha only accounts for about 5% of the Power 9…
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The Most Expensive Deck in Magic | Blog.MTGPrice.com
By: Jared Yost *EDIT: Unfortunately, I was wrong when indicating that Beta is rarer than Alpha. From Twitter initial comments, I did research and found this…
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StarCityGames.com - Innovations - A History of the Best Decks from the First 17 Years of Magic
Today I would like to offer up a history lesson. I would like to walk through some information on deck lists and strategies from the game’s 17-year history in…
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Old School Mtg: The return of The Deck
Twenty years ago, two guys named Brian and Matt lived together in Santa Cruz. This was at a time before the web was common knowledge, and before the printing of…
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solnic.eu - My time with Rails is up
Last year I made a decision that I won’t be using Rails anymore, nor I will support Rails in gems that I maintain. Furthermore, I will do my best to never have…
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Sham's Grog 'n Blog: ORIGINS of a HOBBY
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ars ludi » Braunstein: the Roots of Roleplaying Games
Braunstein: the Roots of Roleplaying Games In 2005 I was standing near the registration booths at GenCon, flipping through the event catalog while the posse…
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The broken promise of static typing | IG Labs
I was quite surprised at a recent blog post by Uncle Bob Martin, titled: "Type Wars", in which he writes:"Therefore, I predict, that as Test Driven Development…
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B/X D&D Character Generator
Home | | | Tools Basic Dungeons & Dragons STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Name: Fergal Title: Veteran Class: Fighter Level: 1 Hit Points: 9 Armor Class: 5 Alignment:…
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Stewart Brand and the Whole Earth Catalog, the book that changed the world
Stewart Brand, publisher of the Whole Earth Catalog. Photograph: Larry Busacca/Getty Images S tewart Brand didn't just happen to be around when the personal…
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Meet Justin Lin, the Most Important Blockbuster Director You’ve Never Heard Of
Justin Lin points at the long slender neck of the Enterprise on a monitor. It’s spindly, that diagonal piece leading up to the saucer section, vulnerable. As a…
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The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru - NYTimes.com
P icture him as a young man, standing on the waterfront in North Williamsburg, at a polling site, on Sept. 11, 2001, which was Election Day in New York City. He…
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Bertrand Russell on the Vital Role of Boredom and “Fruitful Monotony” in the Conquest of Happiness
Between the time Kierkegaard contemplated boredom and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips made his bewitching case for why the capacity for it is essential for a full…
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In praise of the (7x7 board + checkers) combination | Abstract Games | BoardGameGeek
Rules Subscriptions Bookmarks Search Account Moderators Recommend 13 Posts New Thread Printer Friendly Bookmark Your Tags: Popular Tags: [ View All ] Carlos…
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Final Statement on the LambdaConf Controversy
LambdaConf will focus on professional ethics instead of morality. Individuals each act according to their own morality, but we must share a common set of…
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PREPARED GUITAR: Edgard Varese: The Idol of My Youth By Frank Zappa
I have been asked to write about Edgard Varese . I am in no way qualified to. I can't even pronounce his name right. The only reason I have agreed to is because…
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Push and Pull
The Unstoppable Force Meets the Immovable Object I often talk about how Magic is a game of change. It's constantly evolving, reinventing itself. But at the same…
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Justifying Sexism in Students for a Democratic Society
Women at an SDS protest in the early 1970s. Near the end of the 1960s, a certain Mrs. Olefsky worked at the Boston University Student Union Coffee Shop. After…
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RSpec and Rails Are Mocking Me — Table XI — Medium
A very small Rails design decision This post is about a very small Rails design decision. A Rails design decision that I’ve made over and over without thinking…
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A Personal Lisp Crisis – blog.jacius.info
There is a half-jocular saying among atheists, that the surest way for a Christian to lose their faith is to read the Bible, cover to cover. The idea is that if…
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Dice & Boards | The Classical
The game that decided baseball’s 2011 season had it all: a see-saw slugfest that inevitably led to a 9th-inning blown save; a starting ace coming out of the…
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How a Baseball-Obsessed Programmer Is Helping Us Live Our Hardball Fantasies
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Tarot Mage (3.5e Class) - D&D Wiki
This material is published under the OGL Contents [] Tarot Mage [ edit ] For centuries practitioners of magic have used different foci, gestures, material…
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Using Tarot in DND
Using Tarot in DND Hi I am helping build a new crit\fumble table, and I thought it would be nice using a deck of tarot for the effects. Now I want to use all…
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Deck of many things - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game , the deck of many things is a powerful magic item. The item comes in the form of a deck of cards, each one…
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SRD:Deck of Many Things - D&D Wiki
This material is published under the OGL Deck of Many Things: A deck of many things (both beneficial and baneful) is usually found in a box or leather pouch.…
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Are there any RPGs out there that use Tarot cards? [10-year necro] [Archive] - RPGnet Forums
RPGnet Forums > RPGnet Roleplaying > Tabletop Roleplaying Open > Are there any RPGs out there that use Tarot cards? [10-year necro] PDA View Full Version : Are…
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Free RPG Games
Welcome to 1KM1KT, the largest collection of free rpg games online! Please take a moment to subscribe to our mailing list and check out our RSS feed. We offer…
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A Flask Full of Gasoline | RPG | BoardGameGeek
A Flask Full of Gasoline Average Rating: 0.00 / 10 0 Ratings 0 Comments RPG Rank:N/A Jump To: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Information Browse 1 Image » wrong…
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Dragonsfoot - First Edition AD&D - Online Character Generator
First Edition AD&D The home of the Original Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game at Dragonsfoot! Updated regularly. Section Editor: Steve Yates…
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Jack Kerouac’s homebrewed tabletop baseball game
You may be familiar with Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) as the author of novels (e.g., On the Road ) and poetry that established him as an iconic figure of the Beat…
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A New Book Details Jack Kerouac’s Obsession With Fantasy Baseball
Jack Kerouac’s fantasy baseball team cards, circa 1953-56. NYPL, Berg Collection, Jack Kerouac Archive Used by permission of John G. Sampas,/Estate of Jack &…
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A guy just transcribed 30 years of for-rent ads. Here’s what it taught us about housing prices — Medium
Photo: Louis Raphael I don’t know anything about Eric Fischer except that he’s a freaking hero. Much like everyone else who has recently attempted to live in…
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I Am A Cyclist, And I Am Here To Fuck You Up — Medium
It is morning. You are slow-rolling off the exit ramp, nearing the end of the long-ass commute from your suburban enclave. You have seen the rise of the city…
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Designer Diary: Branching Out from Kigi to Kodama | BoardGameGeek News | BoardGameGeek
0 new 15 new Next: fogus To submit news, a designer diary, outrageous rumors, or other material, please contact BGG News editor W. Eric Martin via email –…
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Updating a classic - Charlie's Diary
In 1944, the Office of Strategic Services —the predecessor of the post-war CIA—was concerned with sabotage directed against enemies of the US military. Among…
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Puzzle Plagiarism?
[Image courtesy of PlagiarismToday.com .] Today’s post isn’t the usual Follow-Up Friday fare. Instead of returning to a previous subject, I’d like to discuss a…
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Daniel Solis: Making Art Direction More Inclusive
When I get the wonderful opportunity to art direct for new characters, it's like opening a big awesome toy box. I have to remind myself of some things so I…
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Donald Trump and the Twilight of White America
On June 25, 2015, a week after Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president of the United States, the Census Bureau released a landmark report on the…
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LONG, SLOW BURN: PASSING JUDGEMENT ON THE ENDLESS PARTY. — Medium
Typical Tuesday For the past 4 months, I’ve been going to ‘Burner’ events fairly regularly. Not Burning Man itself, but the parties and shows put on by the…
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How Air Jordan Became Crying Jordan - The New Yorker
In 1991, Gatorade released its first commercial starring Michael Jordan . In the minute-long ad, shots of Jordan on the basketball court are spliced with those…
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Designer Diary: Tramways, or a New Approach to Picking Things Up and Delivering Them | BoardGameGeek News | BoardGameGeek
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I Can't Believe It's Not Unix!
On the History of the Unix Operating System In the year 1969, Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie led a team of programmers at Bell Labs to develop the Unix…
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The PDP-7 was used by Thompson for first version of UNIX
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Forging Motivation: Game Design Is Mind Control
( Game Design is Mind Control was the title of a talk given by Luke Crane; one of the best things on the internet about game design this side of Mark…
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Weaving worlds: Yes but games should produce stories
In my penultimate post in this series I mentioned Ron Edwards and the Forge. The Forge closed down in 2005, having done its job (and Ron Edwards ensuring that…
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Tabletop Roleplaying Games: Back where we started
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Tabletop Roleplaying: Traveller to a Common Language
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Storyteller tell me a Story: Major RPG Business models of the 90s and 00s
Where we left my history of the trends in RPGs last time we were in the 1980s and looking at toolbox games such as GURPS that were (in theory) able to handle…
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How to Collect Flying Buffalo RPG Products
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Collecting Vampire: The Masquerade RPGs and Roleplaying Games
How to Collecting Vampire: The Masquerade Collecting Vampire: The Masquerade is a hobby unto itself. To complete this set, you would have to buy approaching 100…
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The Woody Allen Interview (Which He Won't Read)
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A 'Brief' History of Game AI Up To AlphaGo, Part 1
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11 Beautiful Japanese Words That Don't Exist In English
Once, when I asked my friend from a small tribe in Burma how they would say “breakfast” there, she told me that they didn’t have a word for it because they only…
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Why we shouldn't protect teenagers from controversial issues in fiction
Teenagers smoking and drinking – how do we talk about this in YA?Photograph: Garo/Phanie/Rex Features A wild and dangerous ride. That’s a quotation from a…
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Trump-Sanders Phenomenon Signals an Oligarchy on the Brink of a Civilization-Threatening Collapse - Evonomics
By Sally Goerner “The collapse of urban cultures is an event much more frequent than most observers realize. Often, collapse is well underway before societal…
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Virtual Apple ][ -- Version 4.5
Almost every Apple ][ and Apple IIgs game ever made, ready to play in your browser.
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Container in numbers | Container | BoardGameGeek
0 new 23 new Next: fogus Rules Subscriptions Bookmarks Search Account Moderators Recommend 1 Posts Subject: Container in numbers New Thread Printer Friendly…
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farewell-to-frp
The Elm Architecture is a simple pattern for architecting web apps. Itis the standard way to write Elm code, and with derivatives like Redux, it isbecoming a…
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Download | Minoca OS
Minoca OS Starter Pack This package contains the x86 Minoca OS boot images, Minoca Debugger, Qemu emulator, Win32 Disk Imager, and all x86 binaries with…
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It's Time To Take Black Cultural Appropriation Seriously - Affinity Magazine
Every time someone black brings up black cultural appropriation,it’s never taken as seriously as it needs to be. Black culture from the way we speak, to the way…
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Today I accept that Rails is yesterday’s software. — Medium
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A Melville Marginalia Mystery
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30 years later, QBasic is still the best | Personal Registry Editor
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The Ultimate Foosball Championship
Credit Illustration by Marco Goran Romano A ugust 21, 1991. Grandma’s rec room, Boca Raton, Fla.— Tensions will be running high today as the Blue Team, coached…
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'You want a description of hell?' OxyContin's 12-hour problem #InvestigatingOxy
T he drugmaker Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin two decades ago with a bold marketing claim: One dose relieves pain for 12 hours, more than twice as long as…
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Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously.
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