MtG|Dave’s Shiny Big Deck

A buddy of mine introduced me to this MTG Format called Big Deck. The premise of singleton cards with a shared library is amusing and fun as the probability of stupid combos happening (especially with my usual gaming crew) increases exponentially.

Big Deck Rules as shown by Clonehead (go watch his videos!)

  • 555 Cards
  • No Lands
  • Spells are Lands
  • Each Player has their own
    • 20 Life
    • Graveyard
    • Exile Zone
  • Shared Library
  • Search only allows you to go through one pile

 

My version (follows the same rules just replace where needed)

  • 888 Cards
  • 8 Piles of cards

Abilities/Keywords that are included:

  • Constellation – because Enchantments are awesome
  • Outlast – long game strategy
  • Cascade – do I need to explain this one?
  • Exalted – one creature armies are hilarious

Abilities/Keywords that are excluded:

  • Landfall – too easy to trigger

Also not including cards that search for land because of two things, I know my game group well enough we’ll figure out stupid ways to win (e.g search for  basic land (Battle of Wits), put onto play, float mana, Upheaval, cast Battle of Wits).

Here’s the cards in it so far and if you have a card suggestion that is.

A) Game Changing by itself e.g Blightsteel Colossus
B) Creates hilarious/headache inducing board states e.g Knowledge Pool
C) Creates good synergy/combos with other cards e.g Clone
D) An Alternative Win Condition e.g Biovisionary

Last thing is more of an aesthetic (read that as slight case of obsessive compulsiveness) reason but it should be cards that are available in Foil and the Modern Format.

Reading: Eat More Comics The Best of the Nib

If you want to read something to catch up with current events and social issues then The Nib is the place to go.

Matt Bors does a great job highlighting the topics he touches upon and his list of contributing artists not only bring in their unique art styles but also their unique perspectives on the topic (unabashed fanboy of Kate Leth here who’s bio in the book almost made me spit out my coffee).

Some of my favorite strips from the book that you can find online are:

Supper Sunday
Lighten Up
Meanwhile in San Francisco
Vaccine’s Work
RPG

What’s your go to website for editorials or current events? Also you can get your very own dead trees edition here!

Sushi (Is there a right way to eat it?)

Went to eat sushi and felt a little lost with some of the etiquette that goes with it (along with what to order). But hunger and wanting to try eating at the sushi bar won out in the end.

So what did I learn?

1. Ask the chef questions! like the saying goes “He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever”.

2. Fried Shiitake Mushroom easily became my new favorite happy hour item.

3. It doesn’t hurt to try something different and if you still have doubts ask questions!

4. Take in the action, its almost like a show to watch them prepare your food.

5. There is etiquette to follow and since I’m no expert in that aspect I am leaving this Eater LA link. Watch it, Its very informative!

6. Last but not least is eat slowly, if you’re like me and have the tendency to inhale your food I suggest not doing it here (or anywhere in general really).

What’s your favorite and least favorite sushi? and if you saw the video is there any other etiquette I should be aware of for the next time I go?