The Mana Pool
Join Brian, Mike, Dirk and Chewie as they discuss all things Magic: The Gathering. Since there are plenty of tournament and strategy podcasts out there, we've decided to focus on the fun of the game in all its many forms, from Prereleases to multiplayer free-for-alls to whatever else we can come up with. Give us a listen!

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This is it. The Eldrazi have been loosed upon this world.  It was only a matter of time until they crossed paths with the dorks of The Mana Pool - and that time has come. Inside this digital audio construct, you will learn what happens when an unstoppable force meets...a bunch of dorks.

Oh, and there's a Magic Mad Lib too. Don't forget that.

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Direct download: Episode_127_-_Eldrazi_First_Contact.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:02pm EDT

Episode 126 - Rise of the Eldrazi Preview 3

Thank you for purchasing the latest episode of The Mana Pool. A credit has been charged to your account. Don’t worry if you didn’t give us a card number; we know it already. The dorks have gathered once again to bring you a valuable, consumer-tested product sure to delight children of all ages and a few adults as well.

This episode is chock full of new, never-before-heard content. As you listen to the episode, you can hear all about:

Recording issues!
Tapeworms!
Tech support calls!
Piles of dirt riding chariots!
Stupid soldiers!
Kung-fu masters!
Picky vampire knights!
AC-DC and Clash of the Titans!
Giants throwing pebbles!
Goblinshamancommons!
Upside-down insects!
Tired hosts!

Oh, and there are a bunch of card previews that we go over, too. Be sure to attend your local Rise of the Eldrazi Prerelease the weekend of April 17-18 or Launch Party the weekend of April 24-25. Satisfaction not guaranteed, but you should hopefully have a decent time and get new card stuff. Yay stuff. Some assembly required for some stuffs.

Thanks again for your purchase. 1000% of our profits go to keeping Chewie off the street and the money left over goes to keeping Dirk in school.

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Direct download: Episode_126_-_Rise_of_the_Eldrazi_Preview_3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30am EDT

Episode 125 - Rise of the Eldrazi Preview 2

Hello again, and welcome to the second preview episode for the upcoming Rise of the Eldrazi release.  This is Mike, writing the show notes at the very last minute, several days after the recording, possibly because I'm a lazy dope.  I'll leave the proof of whether or not that's true as an exercise for the listeners.

So yes!  Rise of the Eldrazi previews!  They pretty much speak for themselves!  I can't stop shouting!  We're glad to have you join us for another high quality episode of discussion and analysis, full of evil Pokemans, gasseous demons, Eldrazi in top hats, and how we almost died.


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Direct download: Episode_125_-_Rise_of_the_Eldrazi_Preview_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:49am EDT

Episode 124 - Rise of the Eldrazi Preview 1

Surviving tornadoes, tearing the space-time continuum, attempting to predict the future, B&R list updates, the largest Magic event in history, nifty Tainted Sigil tech, Phyrexian boobs, reprint policies - and all that happens in the first quarter of the show!

 

Then we go off on the important stuff, which is of course Rise of the Eldrazi previews.  There are lots and lots, including our take on the level-up guys (higher rarity seems to mean better quality), the Eldrazi spells (but what if they cost 2 less?), and all the rest of the good stuff (yay Defender!). It's a long one but well worth it, if I do say so myself.

 

 

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Direct download: Episode_124_-_Rise_of_the_Eldrazi_Preview_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:07pm EDT

Episode 123 - Backdoor Shenanigans

Hey there, fellow geeks. This is Dirk. I got roped into writing the show notes again since Brian didn't feel like getting around to them (Brian: hey! I'm a busy guy, what with all of this.. stuff... and other stuff!) So anyway, this wasn't a shorter episode, so let's get to it.

 

We have the usual opening; we're still brought to you by Cardshark and all of that jazz. We've gotten some emails. Brian says a special thank you to those that have congratulated him on his proven ability to reproduce. There were some other opening parts, but none that really excited me.

 

Then we're off to the best part of the episode: the actual content! In this one, staying true to our commitment to report on games of all shapes, sizes, types, and historical significance, we go over some card games from Brian's past. He and I played a few games of Lord of the Rings TCG, so we go over how the game works and he runs through how the games turned out. It was actually a lot of fun to step back and give this game another go, so listen in. Then he and Mike talked about the Star Wars CCG, but that's their thing- I kind of almost fell asleep while they were playing.

 

Chewie, the most quiet member of the cast. Gets in a few words in Chewie's Corner. He goes over video games and other things that have struck his fancy. There's some talk about Magic in there, but don't worry; we're over it quickly. Finally, we wrap up with our standard last segment and close it out.

 

You're in for a treat this time. Pick up your headphones or whatnot and turn up the volume, because The Mana Pool is on- We're Game(c)!

 

 

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Direct download: Episode_123_-_Backdoor_Shenanigans.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:03pm EDT