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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:03 pm 
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A penis with a face. Interesting.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:45 pm 
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A penis with a face. Interesting.
I was more getting "magic wand" vibes from that art, but sure.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:46 pm 
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I just thought it was a "tap" joke.

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CotW is a method for ranking cards in increasing order of printability.

*"To YMTC it up" means to design cards that have value mostly from a design perspective. i.e. you would put them in a case under glass in your living room and visitors could remark upon the wonderful design principles, with nobody ever worring if the cards are annoying/pointless/confusing in actual play

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:54 pm 
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I'm reading The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson. It would make a nice piece of source material for WOTC if they decide to give us the viking/norse plane.

The artifact yall are talking about looks like an old Esper mage that has achieved nirvana and become one with the etherium.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:23 am 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:40 am 
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Fantasy authors: "light/life = order"
Light/life: *is vibrant, constantly moving and chaotic*

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:21 pm 
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I often get the feeling that fantasy as a genre has no idea what chaos and order you know, are.

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CotW is a method for ranking cards in increasing order of printability.

*"To YMTC it up" means to design cards that have value mostly from a design perspective. i.e. you would put them in a case under glass in your living room and visitors could remark upon the wonderful design principles, with nobody ever worring if the cards are annoying/pointless/confusing in actual play

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:03 am 
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That probably traces to Christian sentiments in the roots of Western fantasy. Order = Obedience to the Will of God, Adherence to God's law, and everything happening in divinely appointed ways for divinely appointed reasons = Good = Light/Life. Chaos = Defiance or upsetting of God's design = Bad = Dark. Of course that's been passed through so many filters by now that the tropes have taken on lives of their own across Western Fantasy, D&D and its spawn, Western Fantasy inspired media from other cultures, particularly Japan, which then filters back and influences further generations of Western fantasy... It's one big inbred family tree, with different generations taking in something from off the main line and then shoving it back into the main line for the next generation.

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Moorcock's take on Order and Chaos are the best I've seen. Both have the same ending - a world rendered dull and sterile; in the case of Order, it comes about through rigid devotion to the law that prevents proliferation of new, innovative ideas, whereas with Chaos you have sensory overload leading into creative burnout and a world rendered bland, devoid of new ideas. Neither is inherently good or bad, but neither is desirable as an absolute.

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tbh I don't think "chaotic" or "lawful" really have any sort of coherent meaning to begin with. Pretty much everyone has some power structures and laws that they consider legitimate and worthy of obedience, and some that they don't. It's less about how obedient people are to rules, and more about which rules they personally choose to obey.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:36 pm 
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Apropos of nothing, the Tolarian Professor and that Spice8Rack guy made a video titled "Can Magic: The Gathering's Story Be Saved?" that I thought I'd share:

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It mostly stays on the surface of the issue and doesn't have a lot of substance per se, but at least it contains some pretty harsh words that both WotC and the Magic community at large need to hear. (Heck, I almost didn't watch the video because I care about virtually none of the things that Magic is doing anymore, so I guess the part where they talk about apathy being more dangerous than outrage definitely applies to me.)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:23 pm 
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Order and Chaos are just about where you stand in understanding the structure of system you're in.

When you understand it, it's order and you know what's needed to manipulate it in that small area of understanding.
When you don't understand it, it's chaos and you open up a new layer of the system you can possibly master later.

Growth comes from jumping between the two. Stick with order and you inhibit yourself to a box. Stick with chaos and you give yourself no grounding to grow off of.


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Updated my archon article.

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Me: Becoming more and more left-leaning anarchist by the second.
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Me: Becoming more and more left-leaning anarchist by the second.
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CotW is a method for ranking cards in increasing order of printability.

*"To YMTC it up" means to design cards that have value mostly from a design perspective. i.e. you would put them in a case under glass in your living room and visitors could remark upon the wonderful design principles, with nobody ever worring if the cards are annoying/pointless/confusing in actual play

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It just occurred to me that we have actually been getting a lot more impressionistic and off-the-wall art in MTG over the last few years, it's just been in the form of alternate art vanity cards. Take a look at Spitfire Lagac for example.

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CotW is a method for ranking cards in increasing order of printability.

*"To YMTC it up" means to design cards that have value mostly from a design perspective. i.e. you would put them in a case under glass in your living room and visitors could remark upon the wonderful design principles, with nobody ever worring if the cards are annoying/pointless/confusing in actual play

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It just occurred to me that we have actually been getting a lot more impressionistic and off-the-wall art in MTG over the last few years, it's just been in the form of alternate art vanity cards. Take a look at Spitfire Lagac for example.

I mean, a fair chunk of Seb McKinnon counts (man he's great)
There's also the new artist responsible for the pair of black cards in Zendikar.

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New secret lair is extremely pretty, my wallet is crying.

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When I hear the way people argue today, I need to vent.

The only thing Galileo had right about the heliocentric view of the solar system was part of the spirit of the end statement. The Tychonic system had all the accuracy the Copernican system, and it wasn't an issue. The difference between the two is just point of reference (Earth or Sun), which in terms of modern physics, is pointless.

Galileo's primary demonstration of the Copernican theory as "the truth" over the Tychonic one was the tides... and had flaws understood even in his day. The issue is more that there isn't a singular "at rest" object. The thing he had right was that, for astronomy, it's easier to treat the Sun as the center, but that's not true for the majority of terrestrial physics. The real missing link to join things together was the concept of gravity, but that wouldn't come until Newton.

The church's philosophical issue more had to do with the handling of the concept of "the truth." In terms of the normal way of understanding of "truth" as something absolute, science can't actually declare anything as "true," but only as a better approximation of Truth. This can lead to the postmodern thinking if the scientific method is the only way to determine true or false. However, the church doesn't rely on that alone to understand the world, and had a hard time reconciling the issues of the "facts" of science which could be corrected, and the immutable (in their eyes) "facts" of scripture. This philosophical difference in types of "truth" wouldn't really get a satisfactory answer until Karl Popper (one of the few times in philosophy where basically everyone just said "yup, that's right").

So yeah, it kinda annoys me when people take just the surface of an old argument and just say it's silly with one side obviously wrong. There's actual meat to the "loosing" argument that would actually forecast the end of the "winning" one.


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Been watching Onyx Equinox, bloody (geddit) good show. Hope that a return to Ixalan makes the Sun Empire closer to its real life counterparts.

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