The Death of a Geek Shop

Yesterday (as I wrote this), I found out that the best place for me to actually play Magic: the Gathering, one Silver Creek Game Shop in Sellersburg, Indiana, had closed for good three hours earlier.  I wished I had listened to my intuition and went to to earlier that day.  Since then I have thought a lot about what might have gone wrong for it, what has gone wrong for other “geek shops” I’ve known, and lessons from all of them gathered so that another one might grace the Sunnyside of Louisville sometime.  I plan to make this a more universal article, so if you are not from around the Kentuckiana area do not fear…you will find things germane to you as well.

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First Impressions of Kaladesh

As you can tell, it’s been hard to update regularly, and so far no fix has been found.  However, when the full spoiler for Kaladesh was posted, we made quick impressions of the cards.  The following are quick thoughts on the cards of Kaladesh that made us go…Hmm!  Most of the following were cards that were not already spoiled, so nothing about the new Chandra until the very end when we give general first thoughts of the set as a whole.

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Real Life D&D Menus

When one wants to recreate the medieval experience, many just think of the wardrobe or the weapons.  But everyone needs to eat, so why not a menu fit for your typical D&D campaign, or maybe just a low-key middle ages faire.  When we started Icygeek, we often highlighted articles on the net we found of interest to the geek crowd, and then posted our commentary to it.  We have gotten away from it, but why not try a return, thanks to this nifty article…

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Magic Monday: Tempest Reserved List Part 2 of 2

MTG_Logo_orangeWelcome back to Magic Monday.  Today we are looking at the second half of the cards from the Tempest expansion on the Reserved List.  Like before, we rate the chances of a Standard-legal reprint if the List was abolished (Yes, No, and Hell No), and then we look at what could be done to alter the card just enough that a similar card could show up in a new expansion.

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Intriguing Red Cards of Eldritch Moon

We love our red cards at Icygeek.  Sadly, WotC hates decent burn and there are no goblins on Innistrad, so our love for this set was naturally going to be limiting (until we saw the full spoiler we were going to order the Fat Pack…not as likely now).  However, we try to be recreational in our approach, so instead we are going to make a list of red cards in Magic: The Gathering‘s Eldritch Moon that we are intrigued in.  All the rest can go to Cardshark’s cheap bins as far as we are concerned.

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Magic Monday: Tempest Reserved List Part 1 of 2

MTG_Logo_orangeBack on Geekdom101 I started reviewing Magic: the Gathering‘s Reserved List, and looked at what would happen to each card if it was no longer Reserved; that is, it could be reprinted.  To be gimmicky I rated each card’s chance on the MPAA ratings scale, where G meant it would easily be put into Standard, and going into PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 (which basically meant no chance in Hades it would be reprinted even if there was no Reserved List).  I got up to Homelands, maybe Alliances, but seeing the huge amount in Mirage scared me enough to do other things.  However, I wanted to really do Tempest‘s, as that is still my favorite set ever.  So, beginning now we will go thru a handful of cards every Monday and evaluate them as follows:

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