PSA: Honesty and Book Reviewing

PSA

I was browsing WordPress the other day and one of the blogs featured had a Tag, so I figured I’d read through it to see if there was any questions I liked that I could twist for my own fun.

Well, one of the questions was “What was your last 1star book” and the young lady answering it wrote something like “Oh, probably never. If a book is that bad, I just DNF it”, with the assumption being that it doesn’t get rated and I’m guessing, not reviewed. BVT also recently did a post where she talks about Negative Reviews and how she appreciates them.

This led me to think about this whole subject beyond my little comment on BVT’s post. It still comes down to Trust so while I’ll be talking about that, I’d like to talk about some of the other components too.

So, Trust first.

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If a book reviewer deliberately with-holds a review because it doesn’t get a particular rating, that is dishonest. Lying by omission is still lying.  A blogger might write completely honest reviews about all the fantastic books they read  but if they don’t publish the reviews about the crappy books, that is like someone doing their checkbook and showing only the credits  and not the debits. It’s honest, but it’s not the real picture. Just ask your bank.

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Another reason that I won’t follow people who state they won’t do negative reviews is because it shows a paucity of character and a lack of integrity. If you don’t believe me, this picture from the INTERNET will show you the truth!

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Now, there is a difference between being a dick online and calling a piece of garbage a piece of garbage. Exactly where that line is though, that’s a very tough question.  It’s also tangential to this discussion so I won’t discuss it further.

Another reason to write negative reviews is to help out other readers.  For the record, I want to state that reviews are NEVER for the author. N-E-V-E-R!!!!! They might get something out of them but it was never meant to be for them. Reviews are for other readers. If you are going review books, it is your duty to not only steer your followers towards the books you love, but to also steer them clear from the disasters, the broken bridges and the just plain bad books.  If you drive off that bridge, put up a freaking warning sign.  Its pure negligence if you don’t. Friends don’t let friends read bad books without warning them.

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Another reason that negative reviews are a reviewers duty is that unlike in Magic the Gathering, you don’t get extra turns in your reading life. You read that bad book, that time is GONE! Don’t let others repeat your mistakes. Let them learn from you.

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Finally, a book blogger may feel virtuous for not having any negative content on their blog. That shows a lack of understanding of what is virtuous, what is right and is a paving stone far along the path to hell. Yeah, I’m not going to pull any punches here and nothing funny like the ending of the PSA post from last month. I don’t want to follow someone with that lack of understanding, it is just plain dangerous to be around them.

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This fairy is about to burn up in the fire. Good intentions not withstanding.

 

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Bookstooge brings the FIRE!

 

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MTG: Good Knight to You Sirrah! Part II

Magic_card_backI know, I said I wouldn’t do multiple posts about this deck. Too bad.  Here’s the original card pool:

Good Knight Part I

Trying to create a Black and White Knight deck for EDH / Commander has been a bit more labor intensive than I thought.  It is also a LOT more expensive than buying one of the $35 precons and modifying it.  If I’m lucky I’ll have this constructed by the end of the year.  They don’t call Magic the Gathering cardboard crack for nothing!

I hope to have a post up tomorrow with pictures of some of the more interesting and valuable cards that I get from the new Dominaria set. I have half a box and 2 pre-release kits so out of 30 packs I’m hoping for at least one good card to help pay for all of this.  This also serves as fair warning to those of you who aren’t into Magic the Gathering so you don’t expect something else come Monday.

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I did a fine darn job with my gut instinct of “on the edge”.  I suspect money is going to play a part of the chosen cards. I’ll be including the TCG midrange price here. Planeswalkers might be swapped out for creatures if the price is too exhorbitant for the overall deck. Totals are rounded up so to give a bit of a worst case scenario.

The next step after this post is to check each card’s edition and see if I already own it. That’ll help with the overall pricing issue too. If I already own a higher card or two, that will make buying the others that much easier.

 

The Goal now is:

4 Planeswalkers

30 Creatures

5 Enchantments

6 Instants

6 Sorceries

8 Artifacts

40 Lands

 

 

Commander: 1

Athreos, God of Passage  – $11

 

Planeswalkers: 4

Elspeth, Sun’s Champion-$11

Gideon, ally of zendikar-$10

Sorin, Grim Nemesis-$5

Sorin Lord of Innistrad-$8  Iffy

 

Total: $45

 

Knights/Creatures:  30 and 26 Alternates

Elenda the Duskrose -$5

Ravos Soultender -$8

Auriok Steelshaper-$1.50

Deathbringer Liege-$12

Eastern Paladin-$0.25

Fiendslayer Paladin-$1

Kabira Vindicator-$0.10

Kinsbaile Cavalier-$1.25

Knight Exemplar-$2.75

Knight of Dawn-$0.25

Knight of Dusk-$0.25

Knight of Meadowgrain-$1.50

Leonin Skyhunter-$0.10

Markov Dreadknight-$0.20

Northern Paladin-$0.40

Paragon of New Dawns-$0.10

Paragon of Open Graves-$0.10

Pentarch Paladin-$1

Southern Paladin-$0.40

Sunweb-$0.20

Thalia’s Lancers-$0.40

Vona, Butcher of Magan-$2.50

Western Paladin-$0.30

Aryel Knight of Windgrace-$0.80

Benalish Marshall-$1.50

Danitha Capashan, Paragon-$0.40

Josu Vess, Lich Knight-$1.80

Knight of Grace-$0.10

Knight of Malice-$0.10

Kwende, Pride of Femeref-$0.10

 

Total: $45

 

Plover Knight – Alternate for Sorin Planeswalker – $0.20

Black Knight -on the edge

Crusading Knight -on the edge

Fortified Rampart -on the edge

Lightwielder Paladin -on the edge

Marauding Knight -on the edge

Mirran Crusader -on the edge

Shimmering Barrier -on the edge

Silver Knight -on the edge

Silverblade Paladin -on the edge

Steel Wall -on the edge

White Knight -on the edge

Arvad the cursed -on the edge

Benalish Honor Guard-on the edge

Cabal Paladin-on the edge

Ageless Sentinels -flying wall

Angelic Wall -flying wall

Wall of Omens

Wall of Reverence

Wall of Swords

Knight of the Pilgrim’s Road

Knight-captain of Eos

Mirror Entity

Student of Warfare

Teysa, Orzhov Scion

Dauntless Bodyguard

 

Enchantmants: 5 and 5 Alternates

Cathar’s Crusade-$5 Own?

Dictate of Heliod-$0.25 Own?

Shared Triumph-$3

The Eldest Reborn-$0.25

True Conviction-$3.20

 

Total: $12

 

Anointed Procession-on the edge

Honor of the Pure-on the edge

Knighthood-on the edge

Lich’s Mastery-on the edge

Marshal’s Anthem-on the edge

 

Instants/Sorceries: 12 and 8 Alternates

Call the Gatewatch-$0.25 Own?

Cast Down-$0.90

Diabolic Tutor-$0.25

Divest-$0.25

Enlightened Tutor-Own. buy alternate at lethix.com $6

Gideon’s Phalanx-$0.25 Own?

Invoke the Divine-$0.20

Pacifism-$0.10 Own?

Righteous confluence-$0.20

Waylay-$0.20

Wretched Confluence-$0.75

Yawgmauth’s Vile Offering-$1.10

 

Total: $11

 

Allied Reinforcements-on the edge

Annihilate-on the edge

Aura Blast-on the edge

Cruel Tutor-on the edge  running roughly $25-30

Infernal Tutor – on the edge – running around $15-20

Primeval’s Glorious Rebirth-on the edge Only if get in my dominaria box

Settle the Score-on the edge

Utter End-on the edge

 

Artifacts/Equipments: 8 and 4 Alternates

Door of Destinies-$4

Helm of the Host-$2.30

Herald’s Horn-$6.50

Orzhov Signet-$0.25

Sol Ring-$3

Spear of Heliod-$1 Own?

Staff of Nin-$0.50

Vanquisher’s Banner-$2.50

 

Total: $20

 

Akroma’s Memorial-on the edge

Blackblade Reforged-on the edge

Executioner’s Capsule-on the edge

Kormus Bell-on the edge

 

Lands: 40 and 2 Alternates

Command Tower-$1.25

Concealed Courtyard-$6

Everglades-$0.30

Fetid Heath-$10

Forsaken Sanctuary-$0.25

Godless Shrine-$13 Real Iffy

Isolated Chapel-$3

Karoo-$0.25

Mortuary Mire-$0.20 Own

New Benalia-$0.10

Orzhov Basillica-$0.25 Own

Orzhov Guildgate-$0.10

Scoured Barrens-$0.10

Shambling Vent-$2 Own?

Tainted Field-$0.10

Temple of Silence-$2

Temple of the False god-$0.40 Own?

Unclaimed Territory-$2.50

Vault of the Archangel-$3

Zhalfirin Void-$0.50

Plains x9-$4 a piece for full art from lethix. or use my own

Swamps x9-$4 a piece for full art from lethix. or use my own

Evolving Wilds-Own already

Terramorphic Expanse-Own already

 

Total: $43

 

Maze of Ith-on the edge $11

Sandstone Bridge-on the edge

 

Grand Total: $180 w/ a $20 possible downturn.

 

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MTG: Good Knight To You Sirrah!

Magic_card_backOk, this post will be dealing with a lot of Magic the Gathering cards. It will be at a level of detail that even I wouldn’t care enough if someone else were writing this, so please,  feel free to skip this entire post and don’t even bother liking unless you like MTG or something.

 

A new set is coming out, called Dominaria. I have already pre-ordered a box from my local gamestore and am seriously thinking of playing my first public pre-release. Anyway. I was perusing Scent of a Gamer’s post about MTG: Art and one of the pictures was of a Paladin, aka, a Knight. We got to chatting and before I knew it, I was seriously thinking of creating a Knight based Commander Deck.  The reason I mentioned Dominaria is because it looks like there will be a lot of knights and things that help knights in this release. I’m pretty stoked to be honest.

I’ve spent the last 2 days going through Gatherer, Wizards of the Coasts online database of every single magic card, looking for cards I can use to create a 100 card deck. I didn’t think it would be real hard, as I wasn’t aware of a lot of knights or things that helped them out. Boy, was I wrong.  I ended up with over 180, and that was after weeding out cards that I knew I simply couldn’t afford. One card was close to $90, so that was out. And as the release date of Dominaria gets closer, more cards are going to be officially spoiled and I bet we’ll see even more knights and stuff. So this list will be changing even after I figure out what I want to weed out.

Here is my list. Roughly organized, linked to Gatherer.com and to Mythicspoiler.com. I wish I could figure out how to make a link show the card when you hover over it. I’ve seen that at several forums, but it might have something to do with the forum hosting all the pictures. I’m sure not going to add 200 pictures just for one post. That would add a lot to my media and 3 gb is not an infinite amount. However, if any of you know how to do such a thing, let me know would you?

I’ve got a lot of work to do to cut this list down to only 100 cards. I’ll probably go through and weed out any $25+ cards first (goodbye Tutors I suspect). I am NOT spending 1K on bloody cardboard. Next step will be to see what mechanics are global versus individual and include more of the global. Then I’ll just see what mechanics I don’t care about and get rid of cards focused on them.  Next will be to winnow out the creatures that have more powerful existing counterparts already on the list. I figure this is going to be an ongoing project for most of the year as I slowly build it up.

I’ll be updating this post as I remove cards or add them. But it shouldn’t keep appearing in your feed, so no worries! Thankyou for your forbearance.

 

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Bookstooge’s Potential EDH / Commander Tribal Knight Deck

 

Commander: 3

Athreos, God of Passage  -Chosen as Commander

Elenda the Duskrose -move to Main Deck

Ravos Soultender -move to Main Deck

 

Planeswalkers: 7

Elspeth, Sun’s Champion

Elspeth, knight-errant -$13-14 really iffy

Gideon, ally of zendikar

Karn Scion of Urza -Not buying. Only if from my box

Sorin, Grim Nemesis

Sorin Lord of Innistrad

Sorin Solemn Visitor

 

General Knights/Creatures: 58

Ageless Sentinels -flying wall

Angelic Wall -flying wall

Ashenmoor Liege – ? red/black -can play in a commander with only black/white?

Auriok Steelshaper

Black Knight -on the edge

Carrion Wall

Consulate Skygate

Crusading Knight -on the edge

Deathbringer Liege

Eastern Paladin

Fiendslayer Paladin

Fortified Rampart -on the edge

Glen Elendra Liege – ? – black/blue – can play in a commander with only black/white?

Kabira Vindicator

Kinsbaile Cavalier

Knight Errant

Knight Exemplar

Knight of Dawn

Knight of Dusk

Knight of Glory

Knight of Meadowgrain

Knight of Obligation

Knight of the Pilgrim’s Road

Knight-captain of Eos

Leonin Skyhunter

Lightwielder Paladin -on the edge

Marauding Knight -on the edge

Markov Dreadknight

Mirran Crusader -on the edge

Moaning Wall

Mirror Entity

Northern Paladin

Paragon of New Dawns

Paragon of Open Graves

Pentarch Paladin

Plover Knight -on the edge – flying knight though manna expensive

Pteradon Knight

Sacred Knight

Shimmering Barrier -on the edge

Silver Knight -on the edge

Silverblade Paladin -on the edge

Southern Paladin

Steel Wall -on the edge

Student of Warfare

Sunweb

Teysa, Orzhov Scion

Thalia’s Lancers

Vona, Butcher of Magan

Wall of Bone

Wall of Glare

Wall of Hope

Wall of Omens

Wall of Resistance

Wall of Reverence

Wall of Swords

Wall of Tanglecord

Western Paladin

White Knight -on the edge

Youthful Knight

 

Dominaria Knights: 11

Aryel Knight of Windgrace

Arvad the cursed -on the edge

Benalish Honor Guard-on the edge

Benalish Marshall

Cabal Paladin-on the edge

Danitha Capashan, Paragon

Dauntless Bodyguard

Josu Vess, Lich Knight

Knight of Grace

Knight of Malice

Kwende, Pride of Femeref

 

Enchantmants: 17  (Old and Dominaria mixed together)

Anointed Procession-on the edge

Cathar’s Crusade

Demonic Vigor

Dictate of Heliod

Dub

Glorious Anthem

History of Benalia

Honor of the Pure-on the edge

Knighthood-on the edge

Knightly Valor

Lich’s Mastery-on the edge

Marshal’s Anthem-on the edge

On Serra’s Wings

Righteous War

Shared Triumph

The Eldest Reborn

Triumph of Gerrard

True Conviction

 

Instants/Sorceries: 39 (Old and Dominaria mixed together)

Allied Reinforcements-on the edge

Altars Reap

Angel Song

Annihilate-on the edge

Aura Blast-on the edge

Call the Gatewatch

Cruel Tutor-on the edge  running roughly $25-30

Cast Down

Costly Plunder

Defiant Strike

Demonic Tutor-out of my league at $45

Diabolic Tutor

Divest

Djeru’s Renunciation

Dread Charge

Dredge

Enlightened Tutor-Own. buy alternate at lethix.com

Gallantry

Gideon’s Phalanx

Healing Grace

Humble the Brute

Invoke the Divine

Infernal Tutor – on the edge – running around $15-20

Knight Watch

Leap of Faith

Mighty leap

Pacifism

Pressure Point

Primeval’s Glorious Rebirth-on the edge Only if get in my dominaria box

Read the Bones

Righteous confluence

Ritual of Rejuvenation

Settle the Score-on the edge

Timely Reinforcements

To Arms

Utter End-on the edge

Vampiric Tutor-out of range at over $40

Vicious Offering

Waylay

Wretched Confluence

Yawgmauth’s Vile Offering

 

Artifacts/Equipments: 19 (Old and Dominaria mixed together)

Akroma’s Memorial-on the edge

Blackblade Reforged-on the edge

Door of Destinies

Executioner’s Capsule-on the edge

Helm of the Host

Herald’s Horn

Jet Medallion

Kormus Bell-on the edge

Loxodon Warhammer

Orzhov Keyrune

Orzhov Signet

Pearl Medallion

Ring of Thune

Ring of Xathrid

Sol Ring

Spear of Heliod

Staff of the Death Magus

Staff of the Sun Magus

Staff of Nin

Sword of Kaldra

Sword of the Chosen

Vanquisher’s Banner

Whip of Erebos

 

Lands: 40 (Old and Dominaria mixed together)

Caves of Koilos

Command Tower

Concealed Courtyard

Everglades

Evolving Wilds -on the edge

Fetid Heath

Forsaken Sanctuary

Godless Shrine

Isolated Chapel

Karoo

Maze of Ith-on the edge $11

Memorial to Folly

Mortuary Mire

Myriad Landscape

New Benalia

Orzhov Basillica

Orzhov Guildgate

Rogues Passage

Sandstone Bridge-on the edge

Scoured Barrens

Seagate Wreckage

Shambling Vent

Tainted Field

Temple of Silence

Temple of the False god

Terramorphic Expanse-on the edge

Unclaimed Territory

Vault of the Archangel

Westvale Abbey

Zhalfirin Void

Plains x8

Swamps x8

 

Chef Bookstooge Says…

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…”I am SUCH a great cook!!” *mwah*

 

Mrs Bookstooge is away for the weekend at a ladies retreat, so I’m batching it, left to my own devices.  Thankfully, as many a man knows, a crockpot is your second best friend. And nothing is better on those chilly mornings in September than some nice warm chili! (Mrs B would be proud of that whole chilly/warm/chili play on words. I, on the other hand, am disgusted with myself for sinking so low. Castigate me, please!)

chiliI know, I know, it looks like a pot of brownish red goop.                    *No birthrights were sold in the making of this pot of beans*

 

I started it when I got home from work yesterday and it’s been cooking til this morning. Had a bowl of that and my good old morning standby: Energy Drink.

bang300mg of caffeine per can. How’s that for a kick in the pants?

 

Going to be talking with the parental pods later this morning, then hopefully play some Magic: The Gathering with my bro in the afternoon and I’ll finish the day off with watching, and reviewing the next Death Note movie, called Death Note: Light Up the New World. I’m already excited for that! For those of you who aren’t as cool as Chef Bookstooge and don’t care for the whole Death Note movie franchise thing, this one will be the last. 4 movies in one week is enough for me too.

 

5rvwbef1Completely Gratuitous Magic: The Gathering picture. Because, “Cats”….

 

Hope your weekend is enjoyable. If not, drink a Bang drink. That much caffeine will either kill you or cure you *wink*

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Invent Superiority – My Personal Version

This is a deck list of the premade Commander 2016 deck helmed by Breya. I’ve made some slight tweaks to the deck and figured I’d list it out. If you have any suggestions for blink or flicker style cards, please feel free to give suggestions.

Won’t be very interesting for the majority, even with the pictures. I’ll probably being doing these once a month or so with some of my older premade Commander decks. So bear with these posts please 🙂

 

Commander:

Breya, Etherium Shaper

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The Lands:

Swamp x4

Mountain x4

Island x5

Plains x5

Evolving Wilds

Terramorphic Expanse

Ash Barrens

Myriad Landscape

Command Tower

Rupture Spire

Transguild Promenade

Darksteel Citadel

Temple of Triumph [Change]

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Boros Garrison

Dimir Aqueduct

Azorius Chancery

Rakdos Carnarium

Mystic Monastery

Nomad Outpost

Crumbling Necropolis

Arcane Sanctum

Crosis’s Catacombs [Change]

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Dromar’s Cavern [Change]

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Planeswalker:

Venser, the Sojourner [change]

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Ugin, the Spirit Dragon [change] I am using the altered art card from Lethix.com

Ugin-alter (Custom)

 

 

Creatures:

Sanctum Gargoyle

Soul of New Phryexia

Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer

Myr Retriever

Master of Etherium

Sydri, Galvanic Genius

Hellkite Tyrant

Godo, Bandit Warlord

Filigree Angel

Sharuum the Hegemon

Silas Renn, Seeker Adept

Faerie Artisans

Magus of the Will

Vedalken Engineer

Baleful Strix

Sphinx Summoner

Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder

Chief Engineer

Trinket Mage

Ethersworn Adjudicator

Etherium Sculptor

Shimmer Myr

Myr Battlesphere

Hanna, Ship’s Navigator

Akiri, Line-Slinger

Solemn Simulacrum

Deadeye Navigator [change]

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Colossus of Akros [change]

colossus

Platinum Angel [change]

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Goblin Welder [change]

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Nephalia Smuggler [change]

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Restoration Angel [change]

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Artifacts:

Dispeller’s Capsule

Cranial Plating

Loxodon Warhammer

Fellwar Stone

Nevinyrral’s Disk [Larry Niven’s Disk to you SF geeks]

Executioner’s Capsule

Swiftfoot Boots [Would like to replace with something else]

Commander’s Sphere

Trading Post

Sol Ring

Skullclamp

Mycosynth Wellspring

Hammer of Purphoros [change]

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Conjurer’s Closet [change]

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Sorcery:

Open the Vaults

Whipflare

Beacon of Unrest

Trash for Treasure

Phyrexian Rebirth

Grave Upheaval

Coastal Breach

Parting Thoughts

Flicker [change]

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Instant:

Trial/Error

Ancient Excavation

Momentary Blink [change]

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Counterspell [change]

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Cloudshift [change]

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Ghostly Flicker [change]

ghostly

Vapor Snag [change]

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Turn to Mist [change]

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Enchantment:

Thopter Spy Network [change]

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Potential Adds:

Master Transmuter

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Darksteel Forge

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The Awesomeness that is M:TG

I play Magic: The Gathering, just in case you didn’t know.  I started back in 1994-95, then stopped in ’96 and took an almost 20year hiatus. I started again in ’15 as a survival mechanism to cope with a coworker who I daily wanted to throw under a bus [and when you swing a machete all day, sometimes you think about “accidents”]. Now I play a couple of times a month and just enjoy when I can play. Low pressure, low expectations. Some games go fast, some last for 2hrs.  It’s all good.

So here are a couple of funny pictures. I’m not sure how funny they actually are if you aren’t familiar with the game, but I’m willing to chance your boredom for my entertainment.

 

The Original Card

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The Meme

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Now this is just funny!

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And that is why I love this game. 15 squirrels CAN take down the biggest baddie the Multiverse has ever known and Angels regularly destroy Demons.

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