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  • posted a message on The State of Pauper
    If the right bans come tomorrow, I may get back into Pauper on MTGO. Guess we will see what gets banned. (And if I return.)
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    If you have the opportunity to play MTG at home you can still enjoy it in Paper. But let's be honest, it gets old playing the same person over and over unless you change decks inbetween matches. Even the same 2 or 3 people.


    Maybe if you are an extrovert yes. If you are introverted, its just fine. We all aren't the same. And yes my small group of family and friends have multiple decks in multiple formats. If we can't or don't afford a card we proxy it. Sharpie on a land lets you play any format you wish.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Why no Theme Boosters or Deck Builder's Toolkits for Core 2021?
    Has WotC given an official announcement for this that I have missed?

    I can assume it is because of printing issues related to Covid-19 but I would like to see it "officially". If anyone could find a link and share it, my thanks. I would guess it deals with their being printed in the USA. All Core Set 2021 cards I have opened from booster boxes, booster packs and pre-release packs have been Japanese printed cards. (Not complaining there as they are higher quality than the US printings.) Any links?
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Pioneer Banned List Speculation
    Pioneer ban-list action coming up on Monday the 13th.

    https://twitter.com/wizards_magic/status/1280564682009399296?lang=en

    I am hoping this breaks up the combo winter/spring/summer that has seemed endless. I may start playing MTGO again if they nerf the 3 combo decks. If not I may not return to Pioneer MTGO at all.

    Lastly, c'mon WotC, why did I have to go search for this on Twitter??? These announcements should be on the mothersite in the News section. Get your crap in order!
    Posted in: Pioneer
  • posted a message on Organized play suspended again
    We used to have 60+ people show up every Tuesday night for that, but now we have angry parents telling us we're disappointing their kids by not letting them come and play.


    If true, how entitled of them. Frown
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    Except Paper Magic wasn't designed to be a "take home and play" board game


    Wrong. Actually it WAS designed by Richard Garfield to be played AT HOME during Role Playing (D&D) down times if one group was separate with the DM and another group had some time to kill. It has changed from that model but it was DESIGNED as a play at home diversion. And that is what we did at the time as well. I lived it.

    I take great comfort in knowing that anyone who cries the doom of paper magic has no idea how any thing actually functions and can be safely ignored.


    I am starting to think along those lines as well.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Upcoming stuff in magic
    Bring back Grandeur!!! The 5 card cycle wasn't enough.

    Bring back Fortify!!!

    Bring back Infect, BUT give us several ways to REMOVE Poison counters!!!

    Companions are OK, just fix them, not too OP but not too nerfed!!!

    Forget the punch outs. Its a lame attempt to sell bling bling punchouts to bleed money from the playerbase.

    END PRERELEASE!!! Just have RELEASE and be done with it.

    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    I'm confused, are you a Millennial or Gen X?
    Both since I was born in the early 80's.
    LGS will fail or survive. LGS will return in time. It sucks, it isn't "fair". But its where we are at. Adapt and find your own answers. Patience and persistence is needed. Magic and gaming in general isn't over. Its changing. Hang in there. Smile
    The LGS had to end at some point. Why do we continue to latch onto things that no longer serve us according to God, especially If it's distracting us from getting closer to Him? Luke 16:13 says that no one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. It's hard because when it comes to gaming it glorifies ourselves more than it glorifies God. It doesn't necessarily mean that you hate God when it means that He's no longer the top priority to you while you're gaming which also kind of ties into the Lukewarm Christian mindset.


    My friend I really think you need to speak with a professional and unburden yourself of some things you are carrying around.

    LGS don't have to end and they won't. You are being irrational and you can't see that at this time and place in your life.

    God doesn't mind if you like to play Magic, he has a lot more pressing issues on his plate now and forever. Don't compare mindsets of others as well in comparison to your own. YOUR relationship with your Maker is all that matters as long as it positive.

    My last advice in this manner is that you should seek the advice of a professional. They are out there and they may even offer free services. Get yourself to a good place and the game will reveal what it is meant to be, a fun hobby that brings joy to your life. I wish I could do more than these words here, but know there are people out there, that CAN and WILL help. Stay strong and again, seek help and don't be ashamed if you need a hand. God's Blessings to you if I may offer them. Smile
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    I think this sort of speaks to the "manchild" mentality of young millennials (like myself whose also part Generation X)


    I'm confused, are you a Millennial or Gen X?

    Eventually as we get older we have to rely on ourselves more than others just to survive in this ever changing world we live in and I think that's one of the cruel lessons I learned about the COVID-19 pandemic.


    True. Count on the core individuals around you (family and friends). But realize it all comes down to YOU to look after YOURSELF. (If you are physically and mentally able). That doesn't mean you can be selfish, quite the contrary, help others how you would like to be helped.

    It's real easy to allow nostalgia to cloud our judgment on things that don't match what is or isn't culturally relevant by today's societal norms.


    Sorry, no. Those that ignore the failures of the past are doomed to repeat them, as the saying goes. Experience counts, its no end-all, but it offers perspective. Would you want a surgeon operating on you for the first time, right out of Med School? Or would you want an experienced Surgeon that has dozens of successful surgeries under their belt operating on you? I miss my mentors that have come and gone. Passed away and I can not now draw on their experience as I forge ahead. It doesn't mean you can't be open to new ideas, but we build a foundation on the past and present, not the future. Use nostalgia as a tool, not a template. We can't (and don't) need to go backwards to another time and model ourselves on it. We need to use those lessons to build/fix what is broken now or could be broken in the future.

    LGS will fail or survive. LGS will return in time. It sucks, it isn't "fair". But its where we are at. Adapt and find your own answers. Patience and persistence is needed. Magic and gaming in general isn't over. Its changing. Hang in there. Smile



    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    I grew up during the Cold War. Needing to recognize where the nearest Nuclear Fallout shelter was. Practicing "duck and cover". (As if our grade school desks would save us from a nuclear blast. And yes our school practiced in the early 70's as we were near an Air Force Base and anti nuke rocket site) Fearing what the USSR was up to all the time. Mutual destruction. (MD is still around by the way.)

    The point is we made it through that stage. If we have to worry about germ warfare currently then we will do the same as every civilization has tried to manage their endgame scenario and hopefully make it through. Life goes on in the meantime. Its a sad fact that businesses will go under. Others will pop up to take their place in time. We aren't going to be stuck in this outbreak forever. Life is hard and there are NO guarantees. I see you are quoting scripture in your signature. Look more deeply and I think you may find some solace. Its not the end, look for the good, seize it and don't let others bring you down. Again I would urge you, find family and/or friends and play Magic for fun, kitchen table style. Teach people formats that you like playing. You can have fun without someone having to organize for you, DO IT YOURSELF!!! Smile
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Wizards removes content creator Eden
    She broke the WotC code of conduct. WotC is within their bounds.

    Now with that said. WotC should have contacted her and offered her a second chance asking her to take down the images and they could keep ties. If she would have complied, no harm no foul. If she broke it again then ties would be cut immediately. Or if she had refused to take them down, well within her rights, WotC could again cut ties. This stuff doesn't need to be blown out of proportion if the parties involved would act like real adults, not petulant children.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    I would say no store is worth operating for less than $10k/week.


    In a large metro area I would say you are probably very close. In smaller towns (less than 25,000 population) that number would never be reached in a week. A half million dollars in gross sales every year isn't being realized by many LGS even in the best of times.

    I do agree with your assessment, and thanks for listing the other costs involved. Smile
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    hy·per·bo·le
    (def.)hyperbole

    noun
    noun: hyperbole; plural noun: hyperboles

    exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.

    Look, the model is horrible right now. There will be contraction. Its not game over for all. Listen to some of us that have severeal decades of life experience to share. Don't give up. I'm not sugarcoating what is going on, but try to resist the old Chicken Little addage "The sky is falling". It WILL get better, just not in the short run.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    The question is will it be enough to reach that $1,000 a month threshold in order to break even.


    Where did you come up with that number? Do you mean just for events?

    LGS need to take in a lot more money than 1000 dollars a month, its way more than rent.

    Rent (unless they outright own)
    Mortgage (if they are purchasing)
    Property Tax
    Insurance
    Business License fees
    Electric bill
    Water bill
    Wages (Paying any employees)
    Maintenance
    Other overhead
    Merchandise
    Interest on Merchandise (when they borrow to buy stuff)
    Advertising (local and/or online)

    And I'm sure I am missing other costs as well. If I were to own a gaming store I wouldn't want less than 10,000 a month gross income (between brick and mortar AND online sales) and even then you probably would never even cut yourself a check for your own salary. So yeah, LGS are going to have to up their entry fees in response, they aren't a charity. Problem is then they up it and drive away the small amount of players they may have. It just flat out sucks. I'm not going to go into the politics of reopening. I have to leave it at that.
    Posted in: Magic General
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