Magic the Gathering: Theros Release

Magic the Gathering is releasing their Theros Expansion this Friday, September 27, 2013. That means standard tournament decks will ONLY include the following expansions.

  •  Return to Ravnica
  • GateCrash
  • Dragon’s Maze
  • M14
  • Theros

Erbos-God-of-the-Dead-Theros-Spoiler-190x265If you’re looking to start the hobby this is an excellent time to do it, as several older MTG expansions will no longer be prohibited to play in standard tournaments. That means many veteran players will be playing with untested or incomplete decks and that can substantially level the playing field for newer players who are still trying to build a strong deck.

Also with the release of the Theros expansion, MTG  has added a few new game mechanics. The one that I was particularly interested in was called devotion. Your devotion is tallied by the number of colored mana you have on each card in the field of battle. For example, once played, the card on the right will count as one devotion toward the color black because of the single skull listed on the top of the card. Build enough devotion for the card and this can trigger special abilities.

This should make magic players take a second look at cards they have in their closet and possibly make mono color decks gain in popularity.


What I’m Reading – Girl Genius

Agatha and Gil via

I don’t remember how I stumbled upon Girl Genius but what I do remember is reading Mad Science in the banner and thinking to myself “Finally, a comic they’ve devoted to my very existence!”. The story is set in a Steampunk, fantasy filled realm with airships, moody robots and schmexy Jägermonsters. Our heroine Agatha starts out as feeble lab assistant who can’t seem to build anything that works. However, when she loses her heirloom locket, strange things start to happen around her. Mysterious clanks (robots) begin to appear on the streets and she discovers her true powers have been a kept secret for far too long.
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Gamers Inn Review

Gamers Inn
1232 East Southern Avenue. Mesa AZ, 85204
(480)-507-0509 or (602) 531- 5275 for afterhours pick-up
Store Hours:
M – W: Closed
TH: 3pm – 12am
F-Sa: 12pm – 2am
Su: 12pm – 10pm

First Impression: 

Gamer’s Inn is a far cry from what it used to be but that doesn’t mean it deserves all the negative reviews I’ve seen on the web. From what I’ve been told, the owner has moved most of their sales to their internet based store. So they simply don’t offer the same products they used to and they have changed their store front to reflect that.  In short Gamer’s Inn is no longer mecca for Pen and Paper gamer’s but a hub for Magic the Gathering and Warhammer.

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Zombies, Run! S1-M2

zombies runSeason One, Mission Two. COMPLETE!

I spent most of this run doing two very important things. The first was contemplating exactly when the zombies were going to start chasing me. Since I was recovering from my panic filled adrenaline run from the night before I was trying to reserve some of my energy but the anticipation of a zombie chase was becoming maddening. I ran through the streets bordering on paranoia as the start of each song triggered an impending drop of my stomach and gasp of my breath. I knew zombies were spawning just around the corner. No wait, maybe now? Um…. Now? I began to feel like a retriever waiting for some taunting asshole to throw my ball as he continually faked the toss. Yeah you jerk-face, throw the damn ball before I have a heart attack from my frolicking anticipation! Half way through my run I finally had to give up on the zombies, thinking maybe the chases were more spontaneous. Continue reading Zombies, Run! S1-M2

Game Depot Review

Game Depot
3136 S. McClintock Drive. Tempe AZ, 85282
Store Hours:
M-T & F-Sa: 10am – 7pm
W: 10am – 8pm
Th: 10am – 9pm
Su: 12pm – 6pm

First Impression: 

I called down to Game Depot expecting them not to have the games i was looking for. However to my surprise they had both games in stock. I said thank you and then waited until my shift was over to run down there. I picked out several games and went up to the cashier, David. He asked me about a few of the expansions i had picked up, insuring i already had the originals before i bought them. He also asked if i was the one who called on the phone earlier this morning  and than apologized for one of the games i had asked about being out of stock. He said that another person had come in and picked it up before i got there and next time i call down i should ask them to put it on hold for me. Over all my visit was a kind and informative one.
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