xenagosrade asked: I still get that occasional Magic is just a bunch of cardboard or why do you play useless cards? More from the older people in fact. Do you have a suggestion on how I should reply to these comments since I know they dunno full well what Magic the Gathering really is?


Here’s something to try. “You might not be very familiar with the game of Magic but it is currently the best-selling game in the world played by over 12 million people. It’s printed in 11 languages. Sold in over 120 countries. Has over 700,000 tournaments sanctioned every year. And has printed over 20 billion cards over the last 21 years.”


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Anonymous asked: I've been wanting to pitch an idea for an article to Cracked but I, being shy and anxiety-filled, am terrified to actually post the pitch. Do you have any advice?


Eesh, good luck, buddy!

Shyness is a comforting and useful “tool” for lack of a better word, and my instincts for a long time sided with shyness and caution, and there’s a lot of merit to that. Let’s talk about some things that my shyness, nervousness or anxiety accomplished for me:

They have, without question, resulted in me being comfortable, I won’t pretend that they didn’t. I’d be in class, in college, listening to a bunch of people talk about something that I didn’t agree with and I’d think “Maybe I should interject,” and then I’d remember that I’m probably the only one with my opinion and it wouldn’t help anyone if I rocked the boat, and anyway if all of these people thought the same way they were probably right, so shush, Daniel. And boy, sitting in a classroom quietly will always feel more comfortable than having a bunch of eyes on you when you’re saying something you know a bunch of people won’t like. And that comfort is nice and reassuring. Mmmmm, tasty comfort.

Or I’d see a cute girl reading a book at my coffee shop [or bar or office or The World] and think “Maybe I should introduce myself and find out what she likes,” and then instead I’d ultimately choose to read my own book and, sure, sitting on my own without having to talk to someone new who could potentially hurt my feelings, I didn’t start breathing fast and I didn’t start sweating and I felt very comfortable, so much more comfortable than if I’d tried to stutter my way through an introduction.

Or I’d have an idea for an article and I’d write it up and I’d consider submitting it to a magazine I liked, but then I’d imagine the cold, rejection letter that could potentially follow. And I’d think about how depressed that could make me, how embarrassed I’d feel, how maybe the rejection would sting so hard that I’d quit writing altogether. And then I’d decide “Nah, this is another one just for ME. Not going to submit it.” And, PHEW, what a sigh of relief! It’s legitimately comforting and wonderful.

But I should be clear right now, I don’t actually remember any of those things. I don’t remember sitting quietly in class. And I don’t remember not approaching the cute girl at the [insert place], and I can’t remember the names of any of the magazines I didn’t submit to. Which isn’t to say that those things didn’t happen; I’m positive that they did. I’m sure that they happened a bunch of times, I just don’t remember them with any clarity.

I can’t remember specific examples where I bit my tongue in class, but I remember how amazing/terrifying it felt to be the first one in a room saying “Wait, let’s rethink this,” and people listened.

I don’t remember every interesting woman I didn’t talk to, but I remember the smile of every single one that I was (temporarily) brave enough to try to make laugh.

I was too nervous to submit probably 200 articles or short stories or one-act-plays to websites, magazines and contests. I don’t remember any of those pieces of content (or the names of any of the sites, magazines or contest). What I DO remember, with eternal specificity, is the first article I had submitted, completely cold, to Cracked. The rough draft was written in red pen in one of those College Ruled notebooks. I wrote it when I should have been paying attention in Astronomy, a Summer Semester class I was taking my junior year of college. I typed it up when I went home that night and submitted it. The minute it was accepted by then-editor Jay Pinkerton, I told my big brothers, and then I took out my friends Joe and Jaclyn for a late night snack of cream-of-turkey soup at our favorite piece-of-shit diner to tell them the good news, and then a few days later I told my Mom because she seemed bummed that day and I thought it might cheer her up (I originally planned to keep my Cracked writing a secret from her, because there were curse-words in it and I didn’t want to upset/embarrass her. For the record, when I DID tell her I’d sold my first article, her response was “I’m sure they’ll buy more and more articles and then just hire you full-time,” and then of course that happened, because Moms know more than us).

It may not have been comfortable, but I sure do remember it, and other moments like it. In fact, before falling asleep at night, I have never comforted myself with idle thoughts of the chances I didn’t take. Even when things DON’T work out, it’s more fun to relive the chances you took than it is to dwell on the ones you didn’t.

Anytime you do something like that, something that scares you or makes you breathe fast, you’re going to feel uncomfortable. But, I don’t know. Do you think you were put on this big, silly Earth to sit around being comfortable?



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Finished another commission! :)


Another lovely alter by and shameless plug for my girlfriend, altersbyalexander, who texted me the final results. My exact response was “This makes me indescribably happy.” He’s gonna be making some waves once he’s back in Ruric Thar (he was proxied by everyone’s favorite homegirl, Stoneforge Mystic).



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Turn 3 Ruric Thar is a happy Ruric Thar, but I’m having some trouble in 5+ player games where I don’t want to draw the aggro of the entire table by accelerating like crazy and turning it into Archenemy. The problem then is that by mid-/late-game, Grave Pact effects and board wipes really set me back, and GP+(sac outlet) nearly locks me out of the game, which can put me on tilt, which is not where I want to be. Suggestions? I’ve already got a Tajuru Preserver coming in the mail, I’m just looking for more ways of making my creatures more resilient. Thanks :D

Fighting Grave Pact and fighting board wipes are slightly different problems, so I’ll tackle them separately.

To deal with Grave Pact effects, I’d start by running a ton of creatures that can Naturalize when they enter the battlefield. A big part of building aggro is making sure you can deal with problematic permanents while still developing your board, so cards like Brutalizer Exarch, Bane of Progress, Terastodon, etc make great additions to the deck, if you’re not already running them.


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Alrighty new perspective and some more ideas for tweaking Ruric Thar! Thanks a bunch!


So, I have a strong preference for reblogging over original posts on Tumblr, even when I’m announcing something. Reblogging seems like the spirit of Tumblr: I have a website where I can just make a straight-ahead put-in-on-the-internet announcement if that’s what I want to do, and then I can link to it from Twitter and so on. Or go door-to-door saying “have you visited mountain hyphen goats dot com today, neighbor?” as my son, even at his tender age, has repeatedly asked me to not do.

So what we have here is one of the images that came up when I searched on “Wolf In White Van” without quotes around it just now. I don’t know what movie it’s from and I’m 100% ok with not knowing, honestly I prefer to believe it’s a hi-res cell phone video of something that actually happened, but there it was, anyway, early in the search, wicked as hell, heading not for the camera which you can’t eat anyway but for the boom operator, brave soul, still holding down the station as the wolf advances, drool dripping from its maw.

The reason why I searched on “Wolf In White Van” is I’m doing a book tour in the fall. 

9/15 – New York, NY

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker Street

New York, NY  10012

With John Hodgman

7:00 p.m.

9/18 – Durham, NC

Motorco, presented by The Regulator

Motorco Music Hall

723 Rigsbee Avenue

Durham, NC 27701 

7:30 p.m.

9/22 – Raleigh, NC

Quail Ridge Books

3522 Wade Avenue

Raleigh, NC  27607

7:30 p.m.

9/24 – Nashville, TN

Parnassus Books

3900 Hillsboro Pike

Nashville, TN  37215

6:30 p.m. 

9/25 – Oxford, MS

Thacker Mountain Radio

Off Square Books

129 Courthouse Square

Oxford, MS 38655

6:00 pm

9/29 – San Francisco, CA

Green Apple Books

With Robin Sloan

Make Out Room

7:00 pm

9/30 – Los Angeles, CA

Skylight Books

1818 N Vermont Avenue

Los Angeles, CA  90027

7:30 p.m.

10/1 – Portland, OR

Powell’s Books

1005 W. Burnside Street

Portland OR 97209

With Matt Fraction

7:30 pm

10/2 – Denver, CO

The Tattered Cover

2526 E. Colfax Avenue

Denver, CO  80206

7:00 pm

10/5 – Dallas, TX

The Wild Detectives

314 W 8th Street

Dallas, TX  75208

Presented by WordSpace and Deep Vellum

7:00 pm

10/6 – Austin, TX


603 North Lamar

Austin, TX  78703

With Joe Gross

7:00 pm

10/7 – Chicago, IL

Lincoln Hall, presented by Unabridged Books

2424 N Lincoln Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614

With Mairead Case

7:00 pm

10/8 – Brookline, MA

Coolidge Theater, presented by Brookline Booksmith

290 Harvard Street

Brookline, MA 02446

6:00 pm

Complete information, or complete with respect to the subject at hand, anyway, with links to the events and so forth, is over at mountain hyphen goats dot com right now, so, you know, advance your wolf over there for the details.

I will see you soon!


Hey everybody! I’ve come into possession of a code for Championship Riven! This is one of the few limited edition skins left in the game since most of them have become legacy instead. If you want a chance to get this skin, just follow me and reblog this post! I’ll announce the winner tonight at 9 PM EST! This code will only work on the NA server, so please keep that in mind!


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