Month: October 2014

Blog Creature Type – Changling

This week’s post is to notify my loyal readers/followers that this blog is growing in focus, with a renewed emphasis on how gamers of all stripes play games (digital and physical). In addition, I also feel compelled to show how they interact with the community, through social media,  software platforms (OS’s, front-ends) adaptive controllers/hardware, and multimedia usage. I will also give examples of the best tools and tips that they need to be competitive, honest, and above all, great sports, in these same, said activities.

Fear not! I set out to educate, give perspective, and show people that the disabled are very capable players of games, like Magic, and that will not change. What these changes really means is that I can better serve my community, by highlighting the ways technology is helping to close the gap between the “typical” able-bodied gamer and “special-needs” players. The end goal is to show that such diversity is only additive to the mix, and not a detriment to the sub-cultures prevalent in the 21st. Century.


Great News for Magic 2015 Fans!

Dear Magic DOTP Community:

I have great news for the Magic 2015 player-base, who has been playing these games or years! As reported by IGN, Magic 2015 will be relaunched to make dramatic changes to the base game, as well as how bonuses are added in the future. You can read the whole article, via the above link, but the gist of the changes are the following:

1. ALL cards can now be earned, without buying virtual Premium Booster Packs for REAL Cash!

2. New Multi-player Battle Pack mode to be added to win Battle Booster Prize packs

3. New Garruk’s Revenge Expansion to be released for $4.99 USD, which adds new Revenge Campaign and Plane of Alara card pool. just want to say, people like myself and many others have been vindicated in our protest of this year’s monetization of the annual game. I think we will next see 2HG return (something I will be greatly happy to see) next. I knew that getting the word out on the issues we had with the game would pay dividends, and now we have the proof. Keep voting with your wallets, and the companies will listen.

P.S, I recently discovered a wonderful, full customizable video game front-end for Windows, called GameEX.

The developer is a great guy, who fully gives back to his community in both support and feature requests. As a disabled gamer, his software is fully Universal Access piece of software that allows you to control your games, music, HTPC settings (XBMC, Plex, Windows Media Center, etc.), emulators, and even Steam games (if you want an alternative to Big Picture Mode)! Spesoft is currently running a Lifetime Software License Promotion that now only gives you these features, but more online integration as well. Check’em out, and tell them Condor-Wingman sent you. You will not regret it!

While we wait for Magic 2015 Expansion. . . .

Hello again!

While we wait for an expansion to the Magic 2015 digital game, I thought I would throw out some ideas I have on the subject, and share a unique way to show off your digital games, including Magic.

First of all, the rumors circling the Expansion of Magic 2015 revolve around the Plane of Alara. As was noticed in some early build videos, this Plane was clearly seen as being an available card pool selection. However, the game did not launch with this option so it has been assumed that this will be the expansion slated to come out TBA – Fall 2014. While I love that Plane, with the Shards, I feel that we need the Khans of Tarkir Wedges, even more. The game’s dynamic is to reflect the themes and moods in paper Magic, as an enticement for digital players to pick up actual cards. To accomplish this, we need Khans, as our Gold set, with Alara stuff thrown in for good measure, secondarily. I am curious what you all think about this. Do you think if we do not get this for the expansion, we will get it later, in future card packs/planes? Please chime in!

As to the other item I mentioned, I recently cam across a Steam title, with a cool twist. It is called Anarchy Arcade, a game mod/Front-end for games. media, web, etc. that allows you to navigate them in a VR environment.

  It is currently available as a Steam Early Access title for Alpha/Beta testing, and will be priced around $10-20 donationware for the full version. I was particular drawn to playing Magic 2015 as as cocktail arcade cabinet, akin to PAC-MAN from the early 80’s As this front-end/mod is geared for mufti-player, I think a retro game of Magic in VR will be great fun. Go check it out for yourself, and see what you think.

I will go for now, but keep your mana pools clean and your artifacts polished and in working-order until we meet again.

Back from the Blind Eterneties

Hello one and all:

So sorry to be gone for such a very long time. I will not borer you with the details, but between house sitting out-of-town, medical appointments, online classes, and Internet issues, I have not been able to keep up. Anyways, I am now back, and we have had our second-to-the-last Core set, and started the Khans of Tarkir Block. Great stuff to be talking about, as we go forward.

This week, I have a simple card combo for EDH/Commander for you to try. As many of you are aware Gideon, Champion of Justice

the Planeswalker can become a Creature, that is Indestructible. His only downside is that he does not have reach of Flying. In trying to give him evasion, Equipment and Enchantments work, but fall off, once he returns to being a Planeswalker.My solution is a go back into Magic’s past, and pick an Artifact card that grant Flying, but does not need to attach or be bonded to any one card. That card is Flying Carpet,

which gives Flying to a Creature, until end of Turn, by playing 2 and just tapping it. Now you can make your Planeswalkers, who become creatures ans anything else you need quick Flying for, happen. Being colorless is a nice bonus, too.

I will go for now, but I do want to take a special moment to say thank you to all of my supporters, and those that believe in me and this blog. A special shout-out to MTG Studio, the best way to catalog and analyze your card collection and decks. Also, for a great way to play online with other players, check out Virtual Playtable. Until nest time, may your Planeswalker spark burn bright!