Wednesday, August 17, 2011

365 Day 229

Oh, I DO get distracted!

I don't have much to show for today except two tokens I made (on the computer so it took most of the day) for use with a couple of the Magic: the Gathering decks I have.

In case you don't know, Magic: the Gathering (according to the Wizards of the Coast website):

"In the Magic game, you play the role of a planeswalker—a powerful wizard who fights other planeswalkers for glory, knowledge, and conquest. Your deck of cards represents all the weapons in your arsenal. It contains the spells you know and the creatures you can summon to fight for you.

Trading card games like the Magic: The Gathering TCG combine collectable cards with a strategy game. You don't know what you'll get in a Magic booster pack. You just start a collection and trade with other players to get the cards you want.

The best part about a trading card game is that it's always changing. You design and build your own unique decks, and each Magic game you play is different. New Magic expansions are released a few times a year, and each new expansion brings new ways to stupefy and defeat your opponents."

It is also known (affectionately) as cardboard crack, due to its highly addictive qualities (for those of us who are prone to this sort of thing). I fall into the hopelessly addicted category. Today was a good example. I have been tweaking decks and making those two tokens literally ALL day and night. The only reason I stopped (for now) was to rush in here and make this blog entry before my self-imposed midnight deadline. See? It is a good thing for me to have a least I was able to break away and take some photos and do a little research and stuff...something...anything...besides endlessly tweaking decks or alphabetizing cards by color, etc.

This is one of the tokens I made today...a 0/1 "white goat creature token". The wording comes from the Magic card it is meant to be played with.

I took the photograph a couple of years ago. This is Colin, a goat who lives at Kensington MetroPark. A very handsome and charismatic goat, indeed.

This is the 5/5 "giant teddy bear creature token" I made. Yes, this is Gloomy Bear and it is really cracking me up.

This is the back of a Magic card.

Like many of the people I know, I was first drawn into Magic: the Gathering by the wonderful artwork on the cards. This is Hurloon Minotaur -- my ultimate favorite character and the artwork that most says "Magic" to me. I love me some minotaurs!

I started the game being very creature-oriented. This is Balduvian Bears...another very iconic piece of Magic artwork for me. You know how much I love bears, too.

See how I got distracted from writing the blog post? Geez. Okay...back to it.

This is a sample of the cards in my "girly deck". The deck is full of creatures like unicorns, dragons, and elves.

This is the card I needed the giant teddy bear creature tokens for. Juana has a couple of these cards as well...I think she put one of hers in her "toys" deck. Now, if either one of us plays one of those decks and plays this card, we have giant teddy bear creature tokens we can use.

Unhinged: Water Gun Balloon Game

Oracle Text:
As Water Gun Balloon Game enters the battlefield, each player puts a pop counter on a 0.
Whenever a player casts a spell, move that player's pop counter up 1.
Whenever a player's pop counter hits 5, that player puts a 5/5 pink Giant Teddy Bear creature token onto the battlefield and resets all pop counters to 0.

"Unhinged" is a humorous parody set of Magic cards...a bit less serious-minded from the regular cards. Once in a while Juana and I throw a few of these cards into our decks.

I'm not exactly proud or embarrassed that I have (as of tonight) 47 Magic decks.

Here is a little more about Magic from Wikipedia: link.

Okay. That about does it for today...I have started to get a bit antsy, plus it is close to deadline time. I have "real" things to do tomorrow so I will most likely be able to be more productive...LOL.


williamhessian said...

i love this post. i am also inspired by your work ethic. i also miss playing magic with you, and Juana. I was laughing so hard.

i'm mailing your zine out tomorrow!

Took said...

Awwww...thanks! It was a blast playing Magic with you, too!

It is always a laugh riot at some point. We will have to play more (like not just one night) when you come back next summer.

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