Thursday, September 16, 2010

Big change in the Magic: The Gathering metagame

I don't often write a lot about Magic: The Gathering but I had a thought that I can't express in 140 characters.

Has there ever been such a huge change in a metagame as we are seeing in both extended and standard right now?

The reasons for Extended are easy, wizards have changed what Extended means so this is clear to everyone, but  I'm not sure if people have considered how standard is about to change.

Historically when we had a rotation the new set was too small to have any big synergy and people were also just getting used to the previous block. Additionally the core set used to stick around a lot longer.

This time everything is different. We have a set with a (seemingly) very high amount of good cards. The core set is rotating with M10 rotating out. All the tier 1 (with the possible exception of turbo-land) losing everything, from sovereigns to bloodbraid elves. And with RoE being a somewhat stand alone set, the Zendikar block is not significantly bigger to dominate the card synergies available.

There is a fairly large local standard tournament (BC Provincial championships) on the 9th of October, which is very close to the rotation. While the pros will be writing articles and throwing decks out there (often - as usual - not the decks they really think are good, those they keep for tournaments as it should be) there won't be any concrete decks with results. 

This is going to be fun. At least if I can drag myself away from Starcraft 2 enough to brew some MTG goodness.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

What would you do? Extra bag of groceries.

Today after work I went with my wife and kid to the store. We forgot our reusable bags so the kind lady bagged it for us in plastic. I took all the bags on the counter and went to the car. When we got home my wife discovered that we had an extra bag of stuff. It wasn't much, a box of Smarties; some tofu; a can of ginger ale and another candy bar.

I waited until after dinner and took the bag back. The girl who we had paid at seemed very happy to see teh bag and said she had been looking for it. I didn't think much of this until as walking out the two girls at the counters said to each other "Wow, how honest, I've never had that happen before".

So what would you have done?

Gareth

P.S. I realize this post might seem a bit like me trying to toot my own horn, and it might subconsciously be that as are most blog posts. At least consciously that is not the reason I posted this

Monday, June 28, 2010

My opinion on xkcd

My friend roger wrote a post about xkcd a while ago.

Since then I made this hilarious comic to describe my opinion about xkcd.



*edit* Nancy proposes this option, which I implies there are some xkcd jokes that are neither Obvious or Non-joke observation, which I haven't encountered, but since I like her, I'll post her version here too :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

One way twitter is changing how we communicate.

I assume when most people think of twitter, they think of random boring information being sent into the Aether and just wasting space. I'm going to give two examples of a way that Twitter is not only useless, but changing the way we communicate.

On the 22nd of April Brian Tinsman and Erik Lauer, the lead designers of the latest Magic the Gathering expansion held a dev chat about said expansion. In general it was terrible, not because of Erik or Brian, but because the questions were horrid.

The next day, @mtgaaron (Aaron Forsythe - Director of R&D for Magic) did his own Q&A, he did it on twitter. It was shorter in duration but significantly better than the dev chat, the reason for this is that Aaron could filter out the cruft questions, and answer the questions he found he could answer.

Today @PeteCarroll (Pete Carroll - Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks) did the same thing. He tweeted who's got questions? gonna answer some for the next few minutes... fire away! and proceeded to answer random questions sent his way.

What is my point in this? Well, twitter has allowed people that generally don't get to communicate with random public access to the masses. Before twitter how could a head coach of a pro sports team ever answer fan questions in such a manner with so little effort? When could a person like Aaron Forsythe be able to answer concrete and relevant answers to MTG players?

So that is, my friends, one example I believe in how twitter is changing the world how we communicate.