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Episode 162 - I Am the Elephant of Death (Live)

Once again, we all gathered at Dirk's house for Magic playing and snacks, and so you get to listen to us do so on this episode.  We start off with a nice LONG game of Elder Dragon Highlander, or Magic: The Gathering Commander if you prefer, or Dorky Card Game with Different Rules than Usual if you wanna be real about it.  But either way, that's what we're doing.  It's Fumiko the Lowblood vs. Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund vs. Tolsimir Wolfblood vs. Sliver Overlord (Brian's a filthy whore) in this knock-down, drag-out, hyphenated-words fight to the death!

Then we decided to show you guys that Brian isn't the only filthy whore and play a game of Archenemy.  Mike built a deck that only a horrible horrible person would build, then supplemented it with a Scheme deck that only makes it more horrible, and we decide to let him kill us for your amusement.  Well, I knew that's what would happen.  Brian and Dirk were more optimistic, but you know what they say about ignorance in this particular case.  But it does make for a good show, listening to Mike summon up a Shoggoth to have vicious sex with our faces while pouring sugar in our gas tanks and making us listen to miserble old twangy country music and Swedish death metal at the same time.

Wow, that was out there.  Uh, hope you enjoy the episode!  Next time is a look at Mirrodin Besieged as a whole, with a full Chewie-less hour! *gasp*


Intro by Tosus of Der Geek - http://www.dergeek.com
Intro Music - Diamond by Swift - http://www.swift-band.com
Break Music - Dutch Town (Tecmo Super Bowl) by Armcannon - http://www.armcannon.com

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Direct download: Episode_162_-_I_Am_the_Elephant_of_Death_Live.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01pm EDT

Episode 161 - Mad Libs, MAGfest, and Mirrodin

I'd like to start off by apologizing for how scatterbrained I sound in this episode. I had just gotten back from the MAGfest trip roughly AN HOUR before we started recording, so I was still not quite with it.  But that aside, we started off with a Mad Lib that Tosus wrote for us that had us giggling like idiots as per usual.  Thank you Tosus!

Then there's short Star Wars retelling featuring our faces that Patrick sent us that had us rolling in the floor laughing.  You can see it here:
http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/337a8koVbYL4PoLz

After the rest of the emails, I go off on how awesome MAGfest was.  It really was great.  If you're interested, the website is here:
http://www.magfest.org

And after all that stuff, we finally get into the heavy Mirrodin Besieged previews.  And there is some crazy stuff here, let me tell you.  Next episode won't be previews, so you better get enjoy these while you can.  To see these cards and many more, click here for the Visual Spoiler:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/mirrodinbesieged/spoiler#


Intro Music - Diamond by Swift - http://www.swift-band.com
Break Music (and End Music) - Smegmaman 3 by Armcannon - http://www.armcannon.com

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT

Hello again, and welcome to the show notes! This is Mike, filling in for Chewie because he's out of town at MAGFest, having a nice time and being a generally all-around lucky jerk.

We were all feeling kind of wiped out by our various goings-on, but we kicked things off in the usual way: random banter and listener emails. After that, we decided to take a look at the Mirrodin Besieged Mechanics article Wizards posted earlier in the week, which previewed a number of very interesting cards from the upcoming set.

And finally, FINALLY, we get around to the mysterious topic that we keep mentioning having to put off because of time issues. Was it all worth it? Actually, that's kind of what the topic is about.

Thank you all for reading, and go listen to some dorks!


Intro Music - Diamond by Swift - http://www.swift-band.com

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Direct download: Episode_160_-_An_Early_Preview_But_at_What_Cost.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:11pm EDT

Episode 159 - Obligatory Kermit-Referencing Title

Hello everyone!  Chewie here.  Welcome to 2011!  We kick this thing off with some listener mail, some of which we've had since last year (sorry about that).  Then there's a fair amount of other stuff to touch on, but nothing important enough to put in the show notes.  Moving on!

I got a copy of Stowaway from Cardshark for us to review a few weeks ago, and we finally got to get together and play!  The full review is in the episode, but it's a lot of fun and I think it's well worth the small investment if you enjoy playing card games.  You can check it out right here:
http://www.cardshark.com/stowaway

Then we've got the last color in the Core Set: Mana Pool Edition, and that color is Green.  I know you're all really waiting to hear what Dirk had to say, so we made him go last in each category.  Ha!  So sit back, take a listen, and enjoy all of what 2011 has to offer.


Intro Music - Diamond by Swift - http://www.swift-band.com

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:04pm EDT

For hitting 150 episodes and/or 3 years of being on the air, our old buddy Jungle Rat Rob of The Retro League podcast has put together another one of his awesome audio montages, spliced together with Praise You by Fatboy Slim.  Lots of these clips came from our guest host episodes, so keep an eye out for some voices from other podcasts, including the Avant-Card Show, MTG Radio, and possibly even Rob himself.  There may or may not even be other voices on here somewhere, I'm not entirely sure.

As always, Rob has managed to capture the essence of the show's appeal.  I really believe that people listen to us because we remind them of their own group of friends.  We try to make each other laugh while we're sitting around talking about Magic.  I think everyone can relate to that, because anyone listening to this show probably does that on a regular basis.  Much like our podcast, there is very little actual Magic content here, so it's appropriate.  It really seems like I spend a lot of time giggling, doesn't it?  Thanks again to Rob for the most excellent hilarity, we appreciate it as always!

Direct download: Jungle_Rat_Rob_-_150_Fast_Effects_Resolving.mp3
Category:Non-podcast Audio -- posted at: 1:32pm EDT