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  2. On this episode of RPG Companion, I brought on Matt Corley who is a writer and game designer for Kobold Press, and Saturday Morning Scenarios. We discuss in depth what it takes to write your own RPG adventure module and give advice on how to create modules. Matt Corley can be found at: Twitter: @matthewdcorley Harper's Tale mailing list sign-ip - https://mailchi.mp/3dbd5b99edf7/harpers-tale DriveThruRPG - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/14738/Saturday-Morning-Scenarios Kobold Press - http://www.koboldpress.com You can support Magic With Zuby on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/magicwithzuby Magic with Zuby can be found at: Facebook: facebook.com/magicwithzuby Twitter: @magicwithzuby Gmail: mtgzuby@gmail.com Magic With Zuby is sponsored by the following: Legitmtg.com: Order any Magic singles or sealed product that is over $2 and get free shipping to anywhere within the United States! InkedGaming.com: We are affiliated with InkedGaming! Use coupon code "ZUBY10" on check out! View the full article
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  4. ... and that is the premise of the next story I'm about to write ... I took last Thursday and Friday off from work for an extended weekend treat to myself. It was partially to get a few things done around the house, but I like to tell myself it was also in celebration of the 39th anniversary of moving to my current hometown. The weather cooperated and was mostly sunny, so grilling dinner seemed like a good idea. The missus suggested we could go out for dinner, but I opted for cooking my own. I didn't end up grilling the star of the meal, but I did a few ears of buttered sweet corn. They, along with fresh coleslaw, made the perfect accompaniments to the main dish - meatloaf with a twist. It turned out so well and so tasty I was forbidden from ever making it again. Not bragging, just a fact. The meatloaf mix was nothing special, but I'll describe it anyway for those who haven't ever had a good one - it's a popular request at our house, and made with moose instead of beef if we have it. --------------- Elovia's Meatloaf Ingredients: 1 lb ground beef (low fat) 1 lb ground sausage (I like to use "hot" breakfast sausage, but "sage" is good, too) 2 eggs 3/4 cup Quaker oatmeal (the oats, not the instant kind) 1/2 to 3/4 cup water 1/3 cup Elovia's bbq sauce (see the first recipe in this thread) 1 envelope of Lipton's instant beefy-onion soup mix Directions: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix all ingredients in a counter-top mixing station until just mixed. Don't run the mixer for too long or the loaf will turn out tough and stringy. Hand shape the mixture into a loaf shape in a shallow baking pan sprayed with cooking spray, and bake for 50-60 minutes until done. I usually brush a light glaze of Elovia's Triple-S BBQ Sauce on top right before baking, and once again about half-way through. I use the same recipe to make meatballs, except I generally use an Italian sausage instead of the "hot". The difference is that I use 1/4 to 1/3 cup water to make the mixture stiffer, and a scoop to hand-craft ~1 1/2 inch diameter meatball spheres. I then bake them ~20 minutes at 400°F without the BBQ glaze. -------------------- Okay ... that out of the way, here's what I really did for the special meal. Elovia's Meatloaf with a Twist Ingredients: 2 lbs (+/-) of Elovia's Meatloaf meat mixture (see note below) 1 to 1 1/2 lb thick cut bacon slices, full length package 1/4 lb bacon slices, diced to 1/4" bits 1 small onion, diced 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced 1 cup (more or less) of shredded colby-jack cheese a pint of Elovia's Triple-S BBQ Sauce (or your favorite) your favorite BBQ rub appropriate for beef and pork Directions: Note: I made up a batch of Elovia's Meatloaf mixture, except I reduced the amount of water to 1/4 cup. I then placed the meat mixture in a gallon Ziploc bag, flattened it to completely fill the bag and force out all of the air, resulting in a relatively and evenly flat square of meat mixture approximately 1/2 to 3/4-inch thick (I don't recall the exact thickness: I didn't measure it). I set that aside in the refrigerator while I did the next few steps. Fry the diced bacon in a pan until mostly done; you don't want it completely crisp in the final state, but you also don't want it raw. Add the diced onion and minced garlic and continue to cook until the onions begin to turn translucent. When done, drain well of excess fat and set aside to cool. While the bacon, onion, and garlic mixture is frying, take the package of full length bacon slices and split/separate out half of the slices. Lay out the first half package of slices adjacent to each other on parchment or waxed paper on the counter. Then peel off a slice from the second half and weave it between the layer of slices from the first half. Continue in fashion to create a basket weave layer of bacon slices which should be roughly square and roughly the same size as the meatloaf mixture in the gallon Ziploc bag. It helps to pull back every other slice on each successive interwoven slice. The result should be a tight weave. Preheat the oven to 225°F. This meatloaf will be slow cooked to keep from burning the outer layers. Now that all that is done, the assembly process begins. Lightly dust the basket-weave bacon layer with BBQ rub. Next, cut the Ziploc bag along its seams to retrieve the slab of meatloaf mixture, and lay it on top of the basket-weave bacon layer. Again, lightly dust the top of the meatloaf mixture with BBQ rub. Spread the shredded cheese, and then spread a layer of the cooled bacon, onion and garlic mix on top. Add a drizzle of BBQ Sauce to the top. Carefully roll the meatloaf mixture into a log shape around the cheese and bacon layers. The meatloaf mixture will be a little stiff, so try to keep it from breaking while forming the log. If it does break, pinch the seam closed and relax up a bit on how tightly you're rolling the log. Tuck the log ends and pinch them closed as well. Carefully wrap the basket weave bacon layer around the loaf. Brush the outer surface with a light glaze of BBQ Sauce, and place on a rack in a roasting pan so the juices fall away from the meat while baking. Insert a baking thermometer probe into the center of the loaf, and bake/roast (?) the loaf. After an hour or so of baking, remove the loaf from the oven and again brush a light glaze of BBQ Sauce over the entire outer surface. It's ok if you don't brush it on the bottom of the loaf as it sits on the rack; you don't want to risk unwrapping the basket-weave. Put it back in the oven and do this again when the loaf has reached an internal temperature of ~155°F - or when it's about done. The goal is to create a thick and sticky BBQ glaze crust. When the loaf has reached an internal temperature of 160°F, pull the pan from the oven and allow the loaf to rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Slice across the loaf into ~1-inch thick slices. What you should end up with are slices with tightly adhered candied BBQ glazed bacon over a meatloaf stuffed with all the other goodies. When sliced with a sharp knife, the outer bacon crust should stay affixed, and the internal stuffing should appear to spiral through the loaf. The loaf is awesome as the main course of a meal, but also thinly sliced the next day or so after being refrigerated and served on sliced bread or toast as a cold meatloaf sandwich with a touch of creamy horseradish ... mmmmmm. Enjoy.
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  6. I was of the same opinion until I learned it is not just about pay amount. They are after equal treatment. Like the men's team only plays on natural grass, the girls don't get the option. The men get chartered flights, the women only get commercial flights. The men get paid for every game they play, the women only get paid for the first 20 games after that they are playing for free. There maybe more but these are the differences that I have found so far. And it is not just the USWNT, Ada Hegerberg (she won the award for best female player) of Norway's national team is boycotting the World Cup, to protest against the inequalities. Would be like Messi or Ronaldo boycotting.
  7. I feel like too many guides scare away potential paper MTG players but convincing them they need to buy tons of expensive stuff, but I'm here to tell you what you ACTUALLY need to attend a paper MTG event. Yes, there is a TON of awesome gear you can buy to make the experience better, particularly if you plan to play regularly, an we'll go over all of that, but just know that you don't need to break the bank just to go to Friday Night Magic. I hope this is helpful for those of you considering going for the first time! -------------------------------------------- Please support your Local Gaming Store! DCI Number Signup page: https://accounts.wizards.com/ Lifetrackers: Buy a pen and notepad for $1-$2! $8 Spindown D20s: https://amzn.to/2IxlOPW (Make sure they are spindowns!) $10+ Digital "Doodle pads": https://amzn.to/2K9ful0 Sleeves: $6-$8 Ultra Pro Eclipse (80-pack): https://amzn.to/2F3n7VE $8-$10 Ultra Pro Eclipse (100-pack): https://amzn.to/2MCWm0s $7-$8 BCW Elite: https://amzn.to/2IxofSv $9-$11 Dragon Shield Matte: https://amzn.to/2MEqdpp Playmats: $20+ All playmats on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2WvgCRo $10-$15 Max Protection Playmats: https://amzn.to/2WzbmRK Boxes: $1-$3 Ultra Pro Deck Box: https://amzn.to/2F0BwlM (Note: Hard to find these as a single box on Amazon - they are usually sold in multiples. Check your LGS for a single box!) $11-$15 Ultra Pro Satin Tower: https://amzn.to/2XB5rrJ $8 BCW LX Box: https://amzn.to/2Ixp8uj $20 BCW Commander Locker: https://amzn.to/2IvVQMx $30 BCW Deck Vault: https://amzn.to/2XAjo9m $23-$30 Ultimate Guard Flip'n'Tray: https://amzn.to/2Wt0zn4 Dice: $8-$11 Austor Dice: https://amzn.to/2IvcEn6 (Shop around Amazon for Austor Dice, there are tons of varieties!) $9-$12 Chessex Dice: https://amzn.to/2KNxv7Z Bags: Literally any bag you want: https://amzn.to/2MCMJPA $45 Quiver (Purple): https://amzn.to/2WrUgAn $??? Quiver (Black): https://amzn.to/2Iy0Q3h (Black Quivers seem to be out of production at the moment, but you can check out the page to see what they're all about.) $45-$55 Pirate Lab Card Case: https://amzn.to/2KGOvg2 Tokens: Buy tokens at your LGS, or on whatever online MTG retailer you prefer. (TCGplayer recommended!) Card Binders: https://amzn.to/2MDgOyy Unfortunately, I don't have any specific recommendation for binders. Be careful with 3-ring binders though, as they can damage your cards! How to Suvive a Sharknado (just in case): https://amzn.to/2WwdEMz -------------------------------------------- Support this channel by using my Amazon Affiliate link. ANYTHING purchased on Amazon (MTG-related or not) after clicking the link will help me buy equipment to improve the quality of my recordings. It's all so expensive! https://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=UTF8&tag=affinityformt-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=6b8625234a1099f25d238698465b9b6d&camp=1789&creative=9325&index=aps&keywords=Magic the Gathering Thank you so much! -------------------------------------------- Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/c/AffinityforMTG?sub_confirmation=1 Twitter: https://twitter.com/AffinityForMTG Outro: Jahoda by Djjaner -------------------------------------------- My recording equipment: Microphone (Fifine USB Condenser Mic): https://amzn.to/2WDfJer Editing Software (Cyberlink Powerdirecter): https://amzn.to/2F65ftn Headphones (Monoprice): https://amzn.to/2XDZ4UB -------------------------------------------- Background music provided by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ This video is unofficial Fan Content permitted under the Fan Content Policy. Not approved/endorsed by Wizards. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. ©Wizards of the Coast LLC.
  8. I am in France right now and you wouldn't know it's here. Not a single place with a TV on has shown any matches. I flipped on the TV the other night and couldn't find it. Seen plenty of random men's games going on but never the women WC. While I am here, can I lobby a complaint? I am sick and tired of hearing about equal pay with the ladies. I'm all for equality, but in this case the economics don't support it. It's pretty simple math: Men TV+advertising $ > Women TV+advertising $
  9. Episode 66: Something Broken with Kyle L Kyle joins Matt and Kody to discuss the hottest new format to grace MTG, Oathbreaker! We discuss how games play out as well as an awesome merfolk oathbreaker list. Here is the decklist for Kyle’s Oathbreaker merfolk deck. https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/nissa-steward-of-merfolk/?cb=1559527194 Find the Episode here: @iHeartRadio: https://ihr.fm/2JlWzQ0 @GooglePlay: https://bit.ly/2q6JRMh @ApplePodcasts: https://apple.co/2Gy7NmS @spreaker: https://bit.ly/2GCMhcA @Stitcher: https://bit.ly/2JlQOSj @Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2LmGsGJ @youtube: https://youtu.be/FtX1mu7uaRA Join our discord to discuss all things merfolk! https://discord.gg/Xzt9QBY If you have found our show to be helpful and worthwhile, please consider donating as much as a dollar a month to our Patreon! We have sweet rewards starting at just the 2 dollar level: https://bit.ly/2q5Lbis Here is our survey! This will help us with current and future Patreon goals. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X5MSN7N We are sponsored by @inkedgaming! Use this link to get 10% off and help support the show! Coupon code “fishcast10” https://www.inkedgaming.com?rfsn=2009543.2952d3&utm_source=refersion&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=2009543.2952d3 Get your merfolk tokens here: https://cardamajigs.com/collections/fishin-a-merfolk-podcast Check out our stream. www.twitch.tv/fishcastmtg Twitter handles: Fishin': @fishcastmtg -instagram and facebook too! Kody: @notkodysmith Matt: @MatthewCaudill8 email: fishcastmtg@gmail.com Podcast cover art credits go to to Tessa and Hunter Pruitt. Stream/logo/ emotes art and overlay by @ishton on twitter, and Intro video by @jakebossmtg Fishin: A Merfolk Podcast is unofficial Fan Content permitted under the Fan Content Policy. Not approved/endorsed by Wizards. Portions of the materials used are the property of Wizards of the Coast. ©Wizards of the Coast LLC.
  10. Anyone watching the women's WC?
  11. We started some hardcore guys for the season 17. I like the seasons, it gives us a small reason to come back for a couple of weeks every few months. Hardcore makes it more exciting for sure.
  12. Those are fun. I played a few with getting the object a to b and/or catapult engineering puzzle type ones. I have not looked at the pure puzzle.
  13. We've had almost a full wee with Modern Horizons, so we're delving into the most recent challenge results with an eye for new inclusions! Deck Lists: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pauper-challenge-2019-06-10 Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/colorcommontaryYou Can Buy Playmats with our Logo on them here: https://www.inkedgaming.com/collections/artists/color-commontaryFollow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ColorCommontaryLike us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/colorcommontary/Website: http://colorcommontary.com/Our theme song is courtesy of Ell, whose music is available at http://soundcloud.net/ellellell View the full article
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  15. I have a bunch of those that are similar. Challenging, fun and some of them can be very informative. Had a chemistry one that you had to line up how the atoms bonded. I'm not a chemistry guy, so it was good for me. I play solitaire on my phone every day. Similar to what you described. It can be tough to find a solution for one that you know is solvable.
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  17. It's the kind of game i would want to take to a desert island with me to play for the rest of my life, but could not get up the motivation otherwise. I'm also extremely non-competitive and would feel no compunction to beat anyone else.
  18. Does anyone here play machine-logic puzzle-type games? I picked up Opus Magnum at GoG's summer sale, and have been having fun with it. This genre has been around for a long time. I recall playing The Incredible Machine and others back in the DOS days. I also have Spacechem by the same makers of Opus Magnum. Thus far, the puzzles in Opus Magnum haven't been terribly difficult to solve. The most intriguing part isn't necessarily solving them, but optimizing the solution to use fewer parts, or fewer instruction cycles. The maddening thing is, once you've solved the puzzle, you're shown heuristics from other people's solutions (an online connection is required), but you're not shown their solutions so you have to guess or retry your solution to see if you can do as well or better than the others; you could if you search their solutions out on the internet, but where's the fun in that? Usually there are components you must use; a limited tool set containing different ways of handling, moving, connecting, rotating, etc., the components to create a final form. You use a crude programming language to time and sequence the actions; the controls are fairly easy to pick up and learn, but the challenge is in how you apply them. Both Opus Magnum and Spacechem present the puzzles along with story interludes. The stories are interesting, but their premise is more for context rather than provide meaning or hints to the puzzle solution. Below are a couple examples. The first one requires you to take one resource, use a converter to make a second resource, then combine the first resource with the converted resource.. The second one requires you to start with two resources and one reagent, transmute one of the resources into a third resource using the reagent, then combine two units of the third resource with only one unit of the non-transmuted resource into the final form. I know some of you are IT folks, and possibly programmers, so it would be kind of cool to share and compare solutions.
  19. Today we talk about why I don't miss competitive magic and we also hear from you all on your thoughts about competitive magic. You can support Magic With Zuby on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/magicwithzuby Magic with Zuby can be found at: Facebook: facebook.com/magicwithzuby Twitter: @magicwithzuby Gmail: mtgzuby@gmail.com Magic With Zuby is sponsored by the following: Legitmtg.com: Order any Magic singles or sealed product that is over $2 and get free shipping to anywhere within the United States! InkedGaming.com: We are affiliated with InkedGaming! Use coupon code "ZUBY10" on check out! View the full article
  20. I've heard rumors that they are going to allow cross platform saves. Edit: https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/06/bungie-destiny-2-free-to-play-update/
  21. That's what I thought, too. Maybe they are making more improvements?
  22. So Destiny 2 going free forever?
  23. I'm not a multiplayer and really cannot answer that. I just don't know and have no need beyond your inquiry to find out. The upcoming Beyond expansion is supposed to improve MP aspects (I hear MP is still a bit buggy), and that expansion is due sometime this summer along with the VR upgrade. And that is pretty much all I know about the Beyond update. NMS is currently on sale at GoG (summer sale) for 30 bucks or so, and Beyond is expected to be a free update.
  24. Yes! We love Portal 2 and all the hilarious accidental deaths as well as the challenge. It really is a good time.
  25. In multiplayer, is each person building all that stuff or is it shared?
  26. That's the thing, this wasn't a huge step. The defense was already top 10 in 2017. The build up has been steady. Now we just picked up Patterson. The hype was solid last year. This year it's for real. The atmosphere around the team and staff is unreal. That is what gives me confidence more than anything. But put all that aside. Win or lose, these guys are going to be fun to watch. Really excited for this year. Starting the 100th season with Bears-Packers, and then smashing them in front of everyone. Oh. Epic.
  27. I could have sworn the released an article before Guilds of Ravnica saying the card stock would be improved. I'm definitely in the "I'll believe it when I see it" camp.
  28. Aye.
  29. On the recommendation of a colleague, i've bought another copy of Portal 2 and have been playing cooperatively with my lad for the past week. We're having a real blast. I've long been a fan of the Portal series and, to my senses, co-op play is the best of the best. I've probably mentioned many times that cooperative game-play is my 'thing' and being able to work on a game together with my son at the same time is just the best. The sense of achievement at working together toward a common and often seemingly impossible goal is very cool. We sit at 45 degrees to each other, so can turn to see each others screen, as well as being able to see each others POV in the game too. The levels are designed that you simply must work cooperatively to complete each and every one, and the actual level design is first class; requiring real thought to logic it out. There are a lot of levels, but i'm only half way through, so i could tell you how many. We've had around 5 hours game-play so far. I am also told that there are a world of after-market co-op levels to be had. The experience has also told me that i am impatient and have ran out of patience with him a few times. It's taught me that i need to be cooler with him. I am frustrated that he insists on using a controller which, to my mind, severely limits and slows down his control. In spite of my suggestions, he refuses to use the mouse and KB. I feel i need to respect that. Even when it means levels can take far longer to complete. I highly recommend this, and if you have similar co-op experiences with other games suitable for children, i'd love to hear about it. We've played and finished Brothers together years ago, and that was a similarly great experience.
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