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    A couple of weeks ago one of my wife's friend asked if were interested in her husbands old Magic collection. They don't play anymore and just want to get rid of the cards, they had "sold everything worth value about 10 years ago" and didn't want anything in return; just for us to take the cards off their hands. So they met up a few days ago and I had a chance to go through most of the collection. In the smaller boxes there were some build decks and mostly cards from Kamigawa. Some older cards, and best of all old lands. I'm a sucker for old lands especially ice covered lands. One of my favorite things about being a Pauper player is you find all sorts of playable cards in what most people consider bulk or throw away cards. After I went through the first decks and smaller boxes, it was time to dive into the bigger box. In these boxes there were 4th and 5th editions, Revised, Alliance, The Dark, Ice Age and Visions. There cards were actually sorted halfway decent. Really happy with some of the cards found here
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    Just over 2 weeks ago, I was thanking you all for 500 subscribers and now I'm at 1,000. I didn't think I'd ever hit this number, but we did it! I'm extremely thankful for the support that everyone has given me over my time on YouTube and the KitchenTableMTG Forums have been a big part of my success. I've been able to meet so many cool people through this site. I've been able to talk with and learn from other content creators here and have great discussions with others who enjoy MTG just as much as I do. The members of this website have been there for me for over a year now and I just want to sincerely say from the bottom of heart, thank you. <3
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    3 jacked up men vs 2 year old lion cub in tug of war.
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    A while back I posted about starting a hobbyist IT business from home. I'm not doing a great deal with it so far, but I do get the odd request for advice. Last week I received a nice project, and decided to share it here. A local family have quite a young HP laptop (the 14-am002nd), which only houses a 32GB flash memory disk. Nowhere near enough to currently run Windows 10 even. It was fresh out of space, "0 bytes available". As a result it ran slow and they had constant pop-ups telling them they needed to free up space. They had bought a 32GB SD-card, but ofcourse that didn't help at all either. So they came to me. The only option I saw was to try and install an SSD. Luckily this laptop does have a SATA port, even though it doesn't provide room to fit a decent caddy. I resorted to getting a generic SSD caddy, opening it up and using just the connector. To secure the SSD I tacked two tips with superglue. The housing will keep it from rattling as it fits nice and snug, and the glue from sliding. If it works as intended atleast. It's glue I use a lot, it's rather brittle. So if ever needed, a little leverage will break the tacks and it can move onto a new computer. Removing the housing took some work. There are 4 screws under the rubber feet. Luckily I figured that out before breaking the thing.
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    Hey folks, SInce this is something I've been doing regularly (although I admit, I will run out of packs to crack as I haven't duplicated any yet), I thought I'd post the newest ones into this thread. One of the key things I wanted to do with this series of videos was to simply provide a quick look at the cards in any given pack for a set without trying to do analysis or anything (although I do sometimes slip something in there), instead focusing on the cards themselves. I've thought about some ways I could improve the videos, particularly since we have a very slow internet connection (6mb down 800kbps up) where we live and I admit to converting the video to reduce the upload size. One idea I had was to do a graphic overlay with the card down in the corner. If you have any suggestions I'd be grateful to hear them. Thanks for watching!
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    Could also be a remaster of Fallout 3. But I'm getting my hopes up just the same.
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    Solo? Or are you going with someone.. hahahahahahahhahahaaha. I kill me.
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    Both MMOs these days and porn elicit the same response; after a few minutes experiencing either one, I'd rather just play with myself. YMMV
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    This set has gotten very little attention since WOTC wanted Dominaria to have the spotlight. Basically, it's a set designed for two-headed giant play, but can also be played/drafted normally. We had the land spoilers, but here are some cheeky partnering spoilers.
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    @King of Jank I'm happy about the Doubling Season reprint. The new art really sticks out from the older reprints with old artwork.
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    More spoilers, including a couple of Modern reprints
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    Hey everyone ! Been away for a long time ! Due to health reasons I was unable to continue on my magic the gathering shenanigans. I wanted to say Hello to all the new members I missed, and a hearthwarming greet to all who were here and welcomed me back then. Have a nice day !
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    World Cup? Is that the thing that got cancelled and moved to 2022?
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    So my lgs, who has always had amazing fnm lineups is thinking about a change. Every fnm, they run casual standard, competitive standard, commander, legacy, modern, and free play. They are now talking about replacing standard with brawl. Now, I really want to play brawl and I think it will be fun, but I'm not wanting to give up standard to play it. Are any of your lgs doing anything similar? And if you had to chose, which one would you pick?
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    It's conflicting, because 8-Whack doesn't want to be clogging up it's hand with 3-drops, but at the same time, it really, REALLY likes to attack aggressively and wiping out a blocker or 2 could win the game. The other issue is that 1 damage probably isn't going to be as impactful against beefier modern creatures. It kills things like Snapcaster and Dark Confidant, and it annihilates Affinity if they haven't hit Steel Overseer, but a lot of times it might not be as effective as it is in Standard. Hmm. Personally, I'd throw a couple copies in the sideboard and see if there are any matches where I desperately need them. See how it feels!
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    I'll save you the worry. It's an exploratory attempt to capture disenfranchised Star Citizen players/payers; it's the same promise they fall for in a different dress.
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    ... or etching the board and soldering chip sockets and other components ... but then I'm dating myself.
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    Yea @ChuckWagonMTG PC's are much easier to build today than they were 20 years ago. No more configuring the BIOS and worrying about the jumpers on your HDD, CD drive etc...and making sure your IRQ's aren't overlapping
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    Started playing Friday morning, and when I logged off last night I had clocked over 50 hours. The kids being in school, and the mrs. at work really helped raking up all those hours. But to say it’s addictive, for me atleast, is an understatement. I had to work today, so finally a window to share my experiences. The reviews I read vary from 4/10 to 8/10, they are all over the place. Which is weird, but also understandable. The game is far from perfect. So far I haven’t run into gamebreaking bugs, but it still has glitches from time to time. One side quest didn’t complete, which apparantly is a known fact. Because half an hour later I got a new quest to pick up the rewards from a church. Came across one other glitched quest, but a quick Google search taught me how to tackle this. It breaks the immersion somewhat, but the game sucked me in again straight after. Also, 2 non-gamebreaking bugs in over 50 hours in an open world RPG; not that bad afaic. Combat is a gripe often mentioned, and admittingly it is a tad clunky. F.e. I have not been able to pull off feigns yet. However, I also get the feeling the reviewers moaning about combat did not train their skills enough with the master trainer, nor bought extra training hours there. If you learn master strokes f.e. your opponents do not parry each and every attack you make. And, as it is customary in actual swordfights, parry/riposte is a very effective tactic. It’s how I win most my fights. Walking backwards shooting arrows is also effective, especially when facing 2 or more opponents, yet less immersive. The only real annoyance is the save-system. The game saves every time you go to sleep, or when you drink a special potion. These potions are expensive, although they can be made if you care to take up alchemy. Either way, it takes time to get potions. There are days where you travel a lot, and using fast travel means the day just shoots by. Other days you stay in one specific area, don’t use fast travel and an ingame day easily takes up 90 minutes of real time. Riding from town to town you regularly come across highwaymen. Sometimes you can avoid fighting (especially if you trained the appropriate skills), but sometimes you have to fight. Also, sometimes you think it’ll be an easy fight, only to find an archer coming into sight after having engaged a melee opponent. Dying when you didn’t remember to drink a potion before getting off your horse can really set you back quite a bit. Replaying the day I got full plate armour was no fun at all, especially because the 2nd time I didn’t manage to land any plate at all. The story is fantastic. I love the main storyline and the sidequests are a ton of fun. Plenty of moral questions, intrige & romance (titties Pas, titties!). It has been a long time since I wanted to play a game as badly as I do this one, including its faults. They are minor faults in my book, and I’m a knight man, a fucking knight! It’s being back in Defender of the Crown, or Conqueror 1086AD. But then 100 times better. I like Kingdom Come better than Fallout 4. And on that bombshell I bid you goodnight, I’ll be sharpening my sword.
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    I figure it's not worth creating an official spoiler thread yet but some more cards were spoiled recently. If you are familiar with Geek and Sundry, their Spellslingers series is back and apparently they slipped some Core Set 2019 cards in at some point...or something. Anyway, here are some of the more interesting ones.
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    Pageants are completely pointless. That said, we know looks matter, so taking that out of the equation means...what's the point of even watching?
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    Took the kids to see it last night. I loved it way more than the reviewers. 8/10. Its better than TFA and TLJ IMO. They chose a lot of actors that I recognize (Woody, girl from Westwood, Dragon Queen and Donald Glover), it was in a familiar setting (Star Wars Universe), so there was a comfort level with the movie even though you are in unfamiliar territory. It starts out and you look at Solo and are thinking, this guy is not Han, just some guy playing him. Then a funny thing happened, before I realized it, I was watching Solo. Once everything starts coming together, its on. I found myself highly entertained. Even though you know a lot of the results, it does a great job of providing suspense along the way. It was a very fun movie and the ending brought an unexpected twist that left me looking forward to more. My kids said the same thing and they loved it more than the other prequels. On a side note ... Donald Glover. I only know him from The Martian as Rich Purell, and from my kids as The Childish Gambino. Anyway, I watched him in The Martian and I thought to myself at the time, he does a good job with that character. But part of me thought, he does it so well, hes probably like that irl. You see that in a lot of actors. Well holy shit, I couldn't imagine them finding a better Lando. He WAS Lando. He's a better Billy Dee Williams than Billy Dee Williams. I was completely blown away.
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    I know hockey is a distant 4th in the American sports landscape. But if you even remotely thought about watching or are following from a distance or enjoy elite athletic competition, now is the time to grab your popcorn, sit back, and take it all in. If the rest of the games are like the first 2, this series will go down as one of THE best. Las Vegas Golden Knights - they are the first ever North American Expansion team to play for a title in their initial year. It is truly remarkable what they have accomplished. However, they are not a fluke. This rag tag bunch is a fast team that applies a lot of pressure and is anchored by a 2 time Stanley Cup winner between the pipes (Fleury). They won their division and cruised to the Finals with a 12-3 playoff record. Their fans are giving the sport the full Vegas treatment and its really fun to watch. Vegas has home ice advantage and is favored to win. Washington Capitals - a seasoned team that has won several presidents cups (leagues best record) that always had playoff disappointments. They are led by one of the sports biggest super stars (Ovechkin), has one of my favorite olympians (Oshie), and has one of the leagues best goalies (Holtby). This was an underachieving team that has an extremely pessimistic fan base that happens to be in the same division as the Penguins. Because of the way the NHL playoffs are seeded, you play your division rivals first ... which meant the Caps always lost to the Pens (9-1 series lifetime record coming into this year... yikes). Well this year, they finally got past Pittsburgh. For whatever reason, this years edition has battled and battled only to come back every time. Down 0-2 at home to Columbus to win 4-2. Down 0-1 at home to Pens and fought back to win in 6, down 3-2 in the Conference finals only to outscore Tampa 7-0 in the final 2 games. Game One was back and forth. Literally. Vegas would score, the Caps would answer. The Golden Knights eventually put it away with an empty netter ... 6-4. Game 2 was equally exciting. Vegas started out 1-0, but the Caps came roaring back scoring 2 goals. The Caps survived a 5-3 power play. And with 2 minutes to go, this happened: One of the best saves I have ever seen. In real time, I thought it went in. It even caused the great Doc Emrick to pause. Who by the way, is THE best play by play guy in any sport ... period. The schedule is as follows (all times are Eastern): Saturday, June 2, 8 p.m.: Golden Knights @ Capitals | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports Monday, June 4, 8 p.m.: Golden Knights @ Capitals | NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports Thursday, June 7, 8 p.m.: Capitals @ Golden Knights | NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports *Sunday, June 10, 8 p.m.: Golden Knights @ Capitals | NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports *Wednesday, June 13, 8 p.m.: Capitals @ Golden Knights | NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports Enjoy!
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    Went camping last weekend. It's become a bit of a tradition. Me and Fin, my mate and his two boys. We go to a campsite called Carreglwyd, in Port Eynon, which is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, called the Gower Peninsula, in Wales. The campsite is perfectly situated, being about 20 meters from sandy beaches, containing excellent rock-pools and surf, which is perfectly sized for body-boarding. My mate bought his tent along for it's first outing. It's one of those fancy-schmancy pump-up ones, with air-filled ribs for support. There's also a great pub nearby, which had live music both nights we happened to visit. The highlight was harvesting and cooking our own mussels, using just what we'd bought with us to make a meal (shallots, cider and butter). It tasted amazing, having left the sea an hour before eating. https://photos.app.goo.gl/L4hgN8uSWUq29YK02
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    Just went to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. Not sure what was more impressive, the towering granite cliffs of Yosemite or the massive sequoia trees that dot the landscape.
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    @AlbyMTG spotlighted a few uncommons that need a reprint. Had a few of these and didn't even realize they were so expensive.
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    Magic With Zuby's Battlebond Preview Card Special! Thanks to Wizards of the Coasts for giving me this Battlebond Preview card! We also dive into the big Magic announcements for the new upcoming Fall and Winter sets. You, the listeners, decided I should talk about Legacy and then some of you also submitted some topics for me to discuss as well! Thank you all for listening every week! 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 iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/magic-with-zuby/id1082227660?mt=2 Google Play: Google Play Link here Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/magic-with-zuby Tune In Radio: https://tunein.com/podcasts/Podcasts/Magic-with-Zuby-p875986/ 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! Manatraders.com: Tired of buying singles in order to play in events on Magic Online? Manatraders allows you to rent any cards and decks you want for a monthly price! Be sure to check them out and use coupon code "MTGZuby" when you check out and get 15% off your first 3 months! View the full article
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    Let me be clear. I have qualms about this third installment of Ravnica, but I’ll save that rant for another day. Instead I want to talk about the REAL potential of a third installment of Ravnica which is the Ravnica Themed Cube (RTC). Of all the worlds in Magic the Gathering, Ravnica is by far one of the more popular and tidy ones to design around. The ten guilds very easily split into two large sets. Each guild has gotten its own unique mechanics in the past and it sounds like they will get a third unique mechanic for this run as well. The synergies/stories all blended nicely and the template is seemingly more intuitive to build around. Now here are some potential bonuses for the Ravnica Themed Cube at large with this third installment. 10 new mechanics This latest instalment of Ravnica means RTC’s will have a total of 30 unique mechanics to work with for their construction. This creates a huge array of combinations for RTC’s to toy with and even means it could focus on fewer guilds at one time. Imagine a small RTC focusing exclusively on the inherent conflict between the Azorious and Gruul guilds, or imagine a 720 card RTC of all the best cards across the history of Ravnica. I think there is a lot of potential here. Rock, Paper, Scissors Lets face it, not all Ravnica guilds are created equal. With 30 mechanics to draw on there is also a better chance to balance out the interactions between the guilds. This way a player is less likely to get “stuck” on a sub-par mechanic and have a negative play experience. This also helps to balances the predator/prey relationships between the guilds. Potential for a new dual lands As wonderful as it would be to see the shock lands return, for RTC’s it’s important that we have a diversity of dual lands especially for the ambitious 720 count versions. Now in the first Ravnica block we got Bounce Lands. In the second we saw Guild Gates. It would not surprise me if we saw a third new Ravnica themed dual land at common. This will help greatly with the larger RTC’s. Greater access to the Plane Popular as Ravnica may be as a plane, the arrival of the first Ravnica block had the great misfortune of showing up during one of the largest declines in the Magic the Gathering player base. This was due to the overpowered nature of the Mirrodin block which nearly sank the game. As a result there were far fewer boosters printed for the first Ravnica block making the cards much harder to acquire today. Conversely, the Return to Ravnica block had a massive print run with booster boxes still selling for close to MSRP at the time of this article. This third installment of Ravnica means newer players will have an easier time of diversifying their own RTC. This will be further aided by the introduction of the Guild Kits which are supposed to include cards from all the Ravnica blocks but we don’t know much beyond that. These kits may even be an unofficially-official nod by WotC to the support of RTC’s….or I could be making that last notion up. In the end it means you won’t necessarily need to have been playing religiously since 1994 to have a shot at making your own RTC interesting and fun. Of course, I’m not an aficionado of the cube at this point. I’ve cannibalized my own cube to sleeve up EDH brews. For more sound advice on this idea of a Ravnica Themed Cube and other cube topics I highly recommend reaching out on Twitter to @CubeApril, @MiloDaGreat1 and @LifeBeginsAt20. They actually know what they’re talking about Cheers! J.
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    Let's talk about Victim of Night. A two mana black removal spell is pretty sweet, right? Especially in Pauper it can be pretty powerful. The only downside is the creature can't be a Vampire, Werewolf or Zombie. Zombies I can maybe see there being a problem, with that big nasty Zombie Fish we all know and love. But other than that, when was the last time you played vs. a Vampire or Werewolf tribal Pauper deck? I'm seeing it pop up more and more in lists lately, it's a great Pauper card that doesn't get enough credit. I see lots of people splashing red for Lightning Bolt but with something like Victim of Night is great for mono black decks. Having that two mana removal spell without having to splash is great. Next time you're building your deck and look for red lands to splash for removal, remember this little card. You'll be happy you did. (probably)
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    I love this card. Probably my all-time favorite. In a casual, janky, goofy kind of way.
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    C'mon boyz n grrlz. Roll-up, roll-up. Get yer dungeon porn 'ere. https://youtu.be/zvlPH_g9RUs Now, if they had RFID sensors under the screen, to track piece movement, and to have the board adapt to changes, that could be awesome! Then you could move the board vertically, get rid of the physical pieces altogether, and generate them graphically directly on the board. Oh wait.
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    This.. either D6's or D10s .. but they sell those boxes of tiny D6s which are perfect to use as counters.
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    I gave my unexperienced thoughts on the finance side of Battlebond reprints. What do you think will happen to the price of these cards?
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    I'm catching up on my podcasts (I'll get current eventually) and finally caught the @MTGZuby episode that he interviewed Tolarian Community College. Part of that discussion was Pauper and why people play it. The Professor thought it wasn't as much price as it was the power of the cards and it being "Legacy Lite". I had never really thought of it that way but he had a point. I still think Pauper is where it is today because of the price point, but it made me wonder if I'm thinking about this all wrong. Why do you enjoy Pauper? Is it because you get to play with powerful cards that will probably never be in Standard again? Or is it because you can buy any deck for the price of one piece of your mana base for a Modern or Legacy deck? Maybe something else entirely? I started playing Pauper mostly because of the price and all of the brewing possibilities with such a large card pool. But I probably continue to play it because the cards are powerful and fun. If the cards weren't powerful or fun to play, then the time we invest in the format wouldn't be worth it even with the low price point. Interested to hear all of your thoughts
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    I wasn't playing at the time but I would love if they went back to a place like Shadowmoor, would be some great reprints to boot
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    In another thread, @Pasanda asked for my BBQ sauce recipe. I've posted this here before, but it probably got lost to one of many forum resets. So here it is again ... the latest and greatest version. --------------- Elovia's Triple-S Barbecue Sauce* (Sweet, Smokey & Spicy) *not the commercial sauce of the same name; this one has a different set of "S" qualities Yield: about 1-1/2 quarts Ingredients: 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 1 medium yellow onion (sweet and tearless varieties work well, too) 4-6 cloves fresh garlic (or about 1 Tbsp minced garlic) 1/4 cup water 3/4 cup Jack Daniel’s Whiskey 1 bottle Ketchup, 24oz 1 small can tomato paste, 6oz 1/3 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 1/2 cup molasses 3/4 cup honey 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1 tsp alder wood smoked salt 1 Tbsp dry yellow mustard 1/2 tsp dried red pepper (or preferably, dried chipotle) flakes 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp smoked Spanish paprika 1/4 tsp ground chipotle powder 2 Tbsp liquid hickory smoke Directions: 1. Peel and coarsely chop the onion and garlic. Place the onion, garlic, and water in a blender and puree to smooth consistency. 2. Melt butter over med-low heat in a 4-6 qt pot (with lid). Add onion-garlic puree to melted butter and cook until somewhat translucent. Ventilate the stove area well when cooking the onion-garlic puree; the fumes may be powerful. Using a tearless variety of onion may help. 3. Add the Jack Daniel’s Whiskey and bring to light boil. Remove the pan from heat and, using a long-nosed lighter, flame off the mixture. Flame for 20 seconds. Slowly slosh the mixture around in the pan to keep it flamed for the whole time. Double the flame time if you make a double batch (I seem to make double batches more often these days so I can have extra to share - this sauce is requested often by family, friends and co-workers). Blow out the flame or cover with a lid to smother it before returning the mixture to heat. 4. Whisk in all remaining ingredients and stir until smooth. 5. Bring the sauce to a light boil over medium heat while stirring. Turn heat down to low; cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes. Stir often. 6. Remove from heat and refrigerate in sealed bottles or jars with lids. Notes: This sauce is great made fresh, and it gets better with age. Keep it in the refrigerator a day or so to develop a deeper, richer taste. Don’t keep it around for too long because it has no preservatives. We usually eat a single batch within a couple weeks, and we find reasons to use it so we haven’t had any around long enough to spoil yet.
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    Oh yeah. The video sucked SO MUCH. "The Return to Return to Ravnica". My want to die was immense. I'm super excited for Ravnica though. I love the set, although I would have liked to see Theros or even Tarkir. Regardless, really, imaginary friend as a promo? Laaaaaaaaaame
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    I recently got a box of tiny D6s in a collection buy, and they're really useful for counters, more so than D20s.
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    Also, their sleeves are reportedly good now, the Eclipse line that they have started making got a great review in a video The Professor made a few weeks ago. Up until then he had always looked down on Ultra Pro products too and seemed genuinely pleasantly surprised at the quality of these newer sleeves
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    My 720 cube fits into a Kaldesh Holiday Gift Box (best constructed so far) plus the dividers are great for basic lands. I may get a fancy custom one at some point but don't need to yet.