-to Carrie Fisher
"I was just a boy, the first time I saw you.
Robed in white, lips ruby red.
Lying in repose, curves supple and perfect.
The words from your lips were direct and crafted with perfection.
Strong and independent, never wavering.
You played your roll with elegance and grace.
Creating a positive and eternal character to be beloved by generations to come.
I saw you up there, on the silver screen.
I saw you and was infatuated.
You're now gone, your gift, your craft are now absent from this world.
You are one with the force and the force is with you. We will miss you. Our Princess."
-By Spike Bowan
©IrregularMishciefPublications, LLC 2016
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There are many styles of decks out there when it comes to Magic The Gathering.
Different strategies become popular, certain cards; new and old, become trendy. However there is this one deck that I have come up against recently, and hands down; it was one of the most brilliant and most douche bag decks I have ever played against.
I am talking of course, about the "Infinite Persist Combo" deck for the Modern format of MTG.
The way the deck works is genius. To play against it once it's engine kicks in sucks pond water!
I sit down for my weekly FNM (Friday Night Magic) at my local store. The Format for the evening is Modern, and I am raring to go.
I come up against this deck. Then out comes the Murderous Red Cap. Then the Kitchen Finks. Then comes the dreaded Melvira, Sylock Outcast. Everything plays off each other and now I am up against an undying, infinite health gaining and damge dealing line of cards coming against me.
Needless to say I was frustrated. Me, playing Red/Blue Delver; I couldn't get my bolts out fast enough. The guy wins, displaying a cocky attitude along with snide remarks; and we get to talking. I ask him where he came up with the concept for the deck, and he replies that he copied it from the internet.
Another damn "Net Decker"!!!
As you may have guessed from previous articles, I loathe most "Net Deckers" and seriously feel that a vast majority of them lack imagination other than the sparkling notion they get to spend a ton of money on a deck they didn't create just so they can win and have something to feel good about in their lives. (Personal Opinion, most of the "Net Deckers" I have met are tools.)
So, heres my thing. How much does a deck like this cost to build?
I did my research. Thanks to the gang over at Channel Fireball, I have a complete list of the cards. And thanks to TCG, I have their listed cost.
So, let's begin!
According to Channel Fireball the main engine in this deck is the "Sacrifice". They say "To make this combo work the sacrifice needs to gain a +1/+1 counter or lose a -1/-1 counter when it comes back from the graveyard. Melira, Sylvok Outcast and Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit both do this for cheap, with Melira being the cheapest green engine. Juniper Order Ranger is the least expensive multicolored card that does this..." (Read More)
So the "Sacrifice's" they are talking about are Kitchen Finks and Murderous Red Caps. Hate these things. Although they're cool. The deck continously gives its player health while also dealing damge. Infinitly. It's annoying as hell to play against. They keep gaining life and doing damage to you. I could go on and on about how the deck works, but that's not the point of the article. The point is the "COST". So, here are the cards and their prices according to TCG.
I'm not even going to add in the sideboard that Channel Fireball suggests. If you want to see what it is you can go check out Channel Fireballs article HERE.
And the total, for an " Infinite Persist Combo" deck, not including the suggested sideboard, store mark up and sales tax is.........DRUM ROLL PLEASE?
Yes Ladies and Gentlemen! That's how much it costs to NOT have an imagingation and copy cat someone elses shit just so you can feel better about yourself by winning a card game.
The Pittsburgh area Cos-Play scene is growing in a MAJOR way!!
Once again, the crew at Steel City Comic-Con did an AMAZING job! Great celebrities, Artists, Vendors; and yes.... COSPLAY!
From "The Walking Dead" to "Batman", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Game of Thrones", there was no lack of supply when it comes to originality, talent and passion in the Pittsburgh Area Cos-Play Community.
There were so many fantastic costumes and characters, to pick a favorite is near impossible. With Local and National Cos-Play celebrites in attendance such as "Knight Mage" , "Envy the Green Fairy", "Admiral Apgar" and more, the talent level was brimming over the rim.
With each passing Steel City Comi-Con, the effort put into creating costumes and the joy that comes with Cos-Playing grows ever stronger! I can't wait to see what shows up in April 2017's SCC. Heck as a Cos-Player myself, I can't wait to drop some jaws with the costumes I have in store!
Stay Geeky friends!
Working the East Coast convention circuit for the past few years, both as a Public Figure/CosPlayer and as an Author; I get to meet some amazing and very talented people!
Krissy and Her Hubby Eric are no exception! I first met the Spartan clad CosPlay Couple at Altoonas very cool Sci-Fi Valley Con! We became instant friends. Not just because I am an O.G. Halo fan, but because Krissy and Eric are Fantastic Geeks!
Krissy and Eric own Snowtiger Designs. A cosplay, costume, and tailoring studio, Snowtiger Designs takes commissions on a regular basis.
From E.V.A. Foam to 3D printing, The work coming out of Snowtiger Designs gets better and better with every project they tackle! Hell, I even get CosPlay tips from them.
An experienced and talented seemstress, Krissy can handle just about anything. With his ingenuity and resourcefulness only being over shadowed by his fantastically insane ambition, Eric is fast becoming a jack of all trades when it comes to CosPlay.
I am glad to have these two "Spartans" as my friends and have full intention on using their 3D printing and CosPlay services. Head over to their FaceBook Page and give them a LIKE!!!
^^^^Oh, and BTW; they're making me "VERA" ^^^^ "Jayne Cobb's rifle from "Firefly!!!!!!!
CEO Spike Bowan is the Pittsburgh based Actor/Director/ Author/ Creator of the Alternate History Genre/Fiction saga "War in the Backyard".
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