What’s coming soon

I’ve got my script for Nemesis almost completely down.  I feel like it’s going to be a great episode, up there with my Exodus show.  With that said, I also want to start doing shows talking about my cube, and showing it off.  My cube serves a few purposes, and on current reflection, it isn’t quite about the combat as much as I’d thought.  But it does feel more like Limited gameplay than Constructed.  And that’s important.

Expect two shows up this week, because I’ve got to put my new camera to use.  And my new tripod.  


Top 10 Magic Dogs


This isn’t my favorite video, because I was sick as a … dog when I shot it, but it was a fun concept. I wish I had written more dog gags in it. But it gets the job done.

I probably spent too much time talking about Tone-Loc. Also, I’m glad I was able to play Atomic Dog for such a long time in the video. If I could vote for a Clinton for president in 2016, it’d be for George.

Hound of Griselbrand could easily bump the Hellfire Mongrel out of its spot on the list, since it’s actually a powerful card. I know someone beat me with it in draft once, so it should have come up, but in my defense, Hound of Griselbrand doesn’t really feel dog-like to me. I know I lost more to Hellfire Mongrel (and beat people with Hellfire Mongrel) than the Hound.

Ancestral Recall Episode #14: Mercadian Masques Retrospective


This one took quite a long time to write. In large part, that was due to my studying for my comprehensive exam I needed to pass in order to get my TESOL Master’s degree. I aced the test, by the way.

The parts I cut were on the Flailing mechanic, which was incredibly lame, and more in depth discussion of the free spells. Gush is amazing, of course. I really hate self-inflicted two-for-ones, so I didn’t deal at length with Unmask. (But sometimes it’s absolutely necessary to take a card advantage hit, which is why Force of Will is a thing.)

There are times when I need to get into macro issues, such as why free spells can be a very dangerous thing for the game, or how the nature of mana fixing has changed over time to be more and more generous, or the unmistakable nature of creature power creep (which is what I am talking about every time I mention Baneslayer Angel). But if it derails the discussion so that the set I’m talking about falls off the radar, then it’s got to get cut. These issues need a show of their own. If there’s anyone out there who really wants to tackle this issue, I’d say, go for it, please.

Ancestral Recall Special #3: Top Ten Discard Spells


I’m in the middle of crunch time studying for my exam. My last few set reviews have been rather epic, clocking in at 20 minutes. I am pretty happy with the length and depth of those, but when life affairs happen, I can’t do them on a weekly basis.

This list is pretty damned good and has faced some peer review. You only hear me in this video, you don’t see me (which seems to be the common thread between the specials). Barely any gags, but the content’s there.