|Looks like a solid 'A'.|
|These are all things now.|
|Kalle Nord and Danny Friedman contemplating the zeitgeist.|
|Five Reasons I Need Beta Duals More Than My Modern Collection. My largest trade of 2016, and the largest sum I've ever spent in a single Magic transaction all in one picture.|
We have no ads, sponsors nor stakeholders other than ourselves. Tournaments like BSK, the UK Championships, and people selling cards in the name of #MtgForLife have gathered hundreds of dollars to charities this year. The glorious Party of the Pit Lords tournament in Chicago had an un-wrapped toy as entry fee, which were all donated to a community outreach program working with less fortunate families. Earlier this month in Barcelona, the Spanish players hosted an oldschool event to raise money to buy Christmas gifts for children who might not get it otherwise.
|Entry fees collected in Chicago.|
Good netiquette holds that I should mention a few of my favorite posts from the year. I've linked to a few of my own already, but here goes a few other ones from around the web.
- Vintage Magic Made Me Do It. Shaman Ben Perry of the MtgUnderground masterfully scribes of personal values and a vulgar display of power.
- Pilgrimage to the Cold North. Danny Friedman recants the road to n00bcon 8, and how he ended up in the top8 of the Swedish Vintage championship.
- Banning and Restricting in Old School. Stephen Menendian shares his thoughts on the 93/94 B&R lists and the cards most commonly discussed to have their status changed.
- Weaving Magical Tales at the Adventurers' Guildhouse. Thomas Nilsen twists the tournament report format, and tells the tale of the second gathering in Drammen.
- Rabbit Hole. Geena at Nomad Gamer rethinks her first impressions of the 93/94 format and starts to assemble a deck. "This could take years... and that sounds like fun."
- Discovering the Revised Gift Box in 2016. Dave Firth Bard do a guest appearance at Taylor's Wizard's Tower and writes about a gift from his in-laws.
|People flip Chaos Orbs again.|
I've been thinking about it for a long time. Updating this blog takes about eight hours a week. Reading, writing, taking pictures and editing posts and subpages. Some weeks it goes a little quicker and some weeks it takes a lot more. I'm excited to see what I would do with those hours if I were to free them. I've signed up for horseback riding lessons. I have downloaded books I want to read to my Kindle. I want to learn cross-country skiing and how to speak french. Maybe I should learn to play the harmonica or start holding more seminars on software testing. And I'm getting married next year, which is awesome.
The plan isn't to stop creating content, and I will host n00bcon for as long as people want to come. I currently still have three posts still in the works. My idea is rather to severely scale down and cut my output rate down to about 10-15 posts or articles a year; either here or at other sites that want my scribbles. If you want to contribute with a guest post here, don't hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want me to write something for you, feel free to give me a nudge.
I wish you all a great 2017. Let's see where we can take it.