September 27th, 2006

mouse regret-nothing

squirrel dance

Remember the Hamsterdance? Well, a squirrel just outside my front window was doing a Squirreldance on the brick garden border. He stood up on his hinders facing me about 3 feet away, tucked in his arms, and did a squirrely up-and-down bounce about eight times. He dropped to all fours, moved a little bit away, then faced me again and repeated the dance.

Oh, and last weekend, my step-dad watched two squirrels playing with a rabbit in my front yard. They would wait until the rabbit leaned down to nibble yard strawberries, then rush up behind it and make it leap straight into the air. Then they'd run up a nearby tree and laugh at the stupid rabbit. Soon enough, the rabbit would resume nibbling, and the squirrels would repeat their little game.

I love squirrels.

Hunted Troll

Calling all nerds: Has Wizards of the Coast "jumped the shark"?

Yes, I'm a Magic player among other gaming interests. Last weekend, I played in the Time Spiral pre-release tournament and was surprised at the introduction of true "chase" cards in Magic. Chase cards are rarer-than-rare cards that require people to buy a lot of random packs to collect them all. The new chase cards are reprints of old, out-of-print cards. For a while, Magic has also had special "foils," which aren't really chase cards in that the cards are printed normally, too; I've found those irritating, because lots of kids want to have all the foils.

For the new chase cards, Wizards of the Coast introduced "purple" rarity for reprints in addition to the established black (common), silver (uncommon), and gold (rare), so it's clear this is a new rarity. Sigh. Fine for me, in that I have the old cards, but what about the new kids?

I guess we all saw it coming with the Hasbro buyout; we should be grateful it's taken this long.

What do you think of this?