Saturday, August 25, 2012

WORD OF THE DAY! 8/25/12.

deadbeat dad [ded-beet-dad]
1. A father who abandons or stops supporting his family for selfish reasons, ex. another family, another woman, fear of responsibility, etc.

EX. Why is it that in Pokemon, in many of the games and in the anime, the mystery of the protagonist's father is never solved? Is he a deadbeat dad? Did he abandon his family for his own pokemon ambitions? If this is so, shouldn't Ash and his mother be more hesitant to have him go of on his journey and start a cycle of ambition, discovery, and sport that has no room room for a family or other obligations. It really is curious that we never found out who Ash's father is or who Red's father is... The mother tells her son that he would be proud and its implied that he is away; could it be possible that he is dead?

Is there a reason for bringing up this issue and never addressing it in the games? Maybe this is the perfect opportunity for the guys at the Pokemon team to pursue a more mature store, even more so than Black & White, and deals with themes of father & son, responsibility, etc. A 3D Pokemon game with a deep story isn't too much to ask for...I think.


He kind of looks like Cptn. Picard with the bald head.

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This article serves two purposes: To share the nerd entertainment around with anyone who might find it interesting and, in this case, to prove how taking the theme of an intro pack, especially a more recent intro pack, can not only make a passable deck, but also a powerful and fun deck n a reasonable budget for a college student like myself.

Today's deck is my standardized version of my Avacyn Restored deck that has been combined with cards legal in the upcoming standard format (as in October Mirrodin and M12 will be kicked out standard). Green and white is my favorite color combination, being the combo of the first deck I ever built, and this deck is built around angels, the subject of the first intro pack I ever bought for M12. And its worth mentioning that I actually bought my first themed deckbox and playmat to go with this deck.

I spent about $13 on the Angelic Might intro pack (click this LINK to check out the deck list) and on other cards, ones specifically bought or traded for to build this deck, I've spent less but lets round it up to $10.

A fantastic intro pack. I can't recommend these enough to new players and newcomers to recent sets.


You can find Magic Cards in super stores (Ex. Walmart, Target) but the best place you can buy your cards, meet other players, and play in events is at your local comic book store or hobby shop. I buy most of my cards at The Comic Cellar. Here is a link to its Google Maps location at 3620 Austin Peay Highway #2 Memphis, TN 38128.

And here is a link to Comic Cellar's Website

Before I get into breaking down this version of the Avacyn deck (check the link at the top to see the index of other decks) I want to address something minor but serious. I haven't done a deck article in a couple months and my last MTG article in about a month because I've been busy working on my own custom card set, playing lots of retro games, and generally haven't had that many chances to play since my parent's bar opened and my circle of friends imploded. Expect a couple of Naya decks, possibly even a commander deck, to pop in the near future. And, as Return to Ravnica is just around the corner, you can expect a ton of articles in the fall, my Planeswalker pals, so chins up and let's dig into...

Not much has changed and I can still quote the last article...mostly:

"The deck was constructed in Standard, mostly with cards from Innistrad block & M12 (that were reprinted for M13). The decks themes include but are not limited to: angels, humans, mana-get, and flickering. It is a white-green affair, with white angels from M12 and Innistrad and humans from Innistrad. The white cards make up the muscle and removal and the green cards set up mana ramp and do a few other nifty tricks 

For those of you who don't know, flicker-effects are card effects that involve exiling one of your own cards and returning it to the field either immediately or at the end of the turn. The reason you would do this is to take advantage of cards with entrance effects or to remove negative counters, enemy enchantments, and other annoyances."

This version of the deck sets up a more uniform strategy, doesn't waste as many turns with getting me so much mana and nothing to do with it. This involved replacing several slow or inefficient cards with old standards and more of the beast that make this deck a real nuisance to deal with. Learn some mana math to help with building your decks, HERE.

As I always mention, I am just a casual player and I play with what I have available to me. Thanks for reading and please comment.

Please leave comments & suggestions.

To check out the contents of the deck, click "READ MORE" below.

Friday, August 24, 2012

WORD OF THE DAY! 8/24/12.

acardia [ey-kahr-dee-ah]
1. Congenital absence of a heart.

EX. I guess its lucky that none of the beasts in Legend of Zelda suffer from acardia or Link would never progress.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

WORD OF THE DAY! 8/23/12.

damsel [dam-zuhl]
1. A young woman or girl; a maiden, originally one of noble or gentle birth.

EX. Nintendo doesn't really like to take risks anymore. Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems that with the DS and the Nintendo Wii practically printing money like some magical boxes that the Sneetch salesman presented us (get the reference and you get a star) and, therefore, we've just been getting new slightly updated iterations of the DS every year and as for their next console, the Wii U, the tablet could be innovative but, with the console's power only comparable to that of the Xbox 360 and other worrying factors, hardware innovation seems fairly unlikely. Then again, that's not a big deal- right? Nintendo's biggest innovations have always been in the creative use of their hardware with software that has the edge on the competition in fun and accessibility.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012



And here we have a gorgeous bit of flash animation straight off the presses from , about Zubatman; "The hero Kanto needs. Not the one it deserves". It is a brilliant spoof of both Batman the Animated Series and Pokemon wrapped in a wonderfully animated, delightful, and slightly twisted package (complete with some human on pocket monster violence). Make sure to check it out, comment, like, and/or subscribe. Also, check out his other stuff like the link below....

WORD OF THE DAY! 8/22/12.

tunnel vision [tuhn-el-vizh-uhn]
1. A dramatically narrowed field of vision, as in looking through a tube, symptomatic of retina pigmentosa.
2. An extremely narrow or prejudiced outlook; narrow-mindedness.

EX. Tunnel-vision? Maybe that explains Brock's ability to tell the difference between each Nurse Joy or Officer Jenny....

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

WEEKLY ROUND-UP! 8/13-8/19/12.


7. WORD OF THE DAY! 8/17/12. Carcharodon.

No animal deserves to have an entire week set aside for them a year; especially on channels that have nothing but pointless reruns of reality TV the rest of the year (reality TV =/= documentary).

6. WORD OF THE DAY. 8/18/12. Man.

I really enjoyed sharing this quote and video but...I miss when I used to write fantastically detailed articles about video games and mythology...maybe I should go back to doing at least one of those a week. Anybody out there been reading long enough to remember when I used to do that and would like to see more of that?

5. WORD OF THE DAY! 8/14/12. CRT.

I've been playing a lot of retro games lately and so you can expect to see more retro game reviews to be hitting the blog in the near future. Are there any retro games, especially on the SNES, that you would recommend?

4. WORD OF THE DAY! 8/13/12. Back to the Future.

Back to the Future is probably one of the greatest movie trilogies of all time and you wanna know something weird; I want to see a sequel/remake/continuation. There are so many times to play with, Doc Brown is the only character that really needs to come into play for sure, and between the changes in special effects and historical cinema we should get some cool stuff.


Sometimes a weird flash game is needed to satisfy that itch for something truly creative. Remember, many of the greatest video game franchises of all time started out with some dude working on his own in his garage...

2. WORD OF THE DAY! 8/16/12. Marketing. The Very First Pokemon Commercial.

Pokemon is probably my favorite franchise of all time.


I know what you're thinking, "Goof Troop? Isn't that 90's Disney stuff for babies!?" Actually, its my pick for the best co-op game on the SNES and arguably the closest thing to a multiplayer Zelda game before Four Swords.
I wonder when people will get my joke of posting articles related to an event after its finished/irrelevant in the media to point out how such things are already pretty irrelevant to begin with....

WORD OF THE DAY! 8/21/12.

equestrian [ih-kwes-tree-uhn]
1. of or pertaining to horseback riding or horseback riders.
2. Mounted on horseback.
3. Representing a person on a mounted horse.
4. Pertaining to or composed of knights or mounted warriors.

EX. I was going to do a week of equestrian material related to MLP, but considering how the herd has become this overly sensitive, overly serious, and overly pushy group of interneters that went out the window. To every person who feels obligated to try and push MLP down the throats of every person on the planet and acting like some discriminated sixth gender, stop it and just enjoy what we enjoy without feeling the need to share if someone clearly doesn't wanna participate.

I got into this because the show was so well-animated and funny that people were able to make wonderful videos like the ones below. I have watched the entire series, but just once. As a show, I don't enjoy it because of the "lessons" or some silly bull crap like that. I'm an adult. I take an intellectual joy out of watching it and criticizing one of the most hypocritically and bizarre saccharine universes ever created. I did not get into it because somebody was like, "Hey, are you a brony? No. You should like watch it. Oh my flipping god..." *ten minutes of explanation of the show like its Game of Thrones or some crap*


Monday, August 20, 2012



For today's Musical Monday we have two tunes based off of what could become one of the most innovative and engaging series in gaming history, Bioshock, specifically Bioshock and its upcoming sequel that takes us from the depths of the ocean to the height of American pie in the sky antics of Bioshock Infinite some time early next year. The cool thing about the music dedicated to these very cool games is that the two entertainers in question have a very different approach to the material:

Tobuscus's approach is part of his "literal trailer" series which, combined with his personality, has netted him enough attention be involved in a couple of official trailers for television. He simply watches a trailer, sings about it, and tells a story; sometimes accurate and sometimes completely ridiculous. This one is an especially good trailer to do because of the serious tone, the subtle but interesting music, and the cool story within a trailer feel it already has going for it. Its probably my favorite of his literal trailers, besides perhaps the one for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood which got me to buy the game.

While I really like Tobuscus's Literal trailers, if there was any justice in the internet, brentalfloss's work would be as appreciated and as popular as Tobuscus's. Taking an arguably more creative and easily more time-consuming approach to his songs, brentalfoss usually takes classic music from video games, like Zelda W/ Lyrics, remasters and/or remixes them, and puts lyrics to them usually with some interesting video accompaniment . With the Bioshock Song he took a riskier approach than usual, going for a completely original work that pays homage to one of the best games of all time, and created something that is uniquely brentalfloss (and his name is spelled in lowercase cuz...).

In the end, I implore to check out both songs, subscribe, like, favorite their channels, comment here about your thoughts on the two songs, and share them with friends. If you can throw me some support too, that'd be swell. Also, check out the link below to a vintage Bioshock article I wrote when the blog was new.

WORD OF THE DAY! 8/20/12.

groundskeep [groundz-kee-per]
1. Taking care of and maintaining a track of land for the use an estate, school grounds, a sport stadium, cemetery, etc.

EX. Being a groundskeeper in Hyrule is complicated and so is carrying barrels up to the roof of a construction site.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

WORD OF THE DAY! 8/19/12.

haboob [huh-boob]
1. A thick dust or sandstorm that blows in the deserts of North Africa or Arabia or on the plains of India.

EX. Hey, Tyranitar, what's all the haboob?