I know it's not just memory playing tricks. I wrote about that particular rule book here. But since I wrote that post I've called six different places home, and I've packed everything I own into unlabeled boxes more times than I care to recall.
So it does exist, somewhere. It could be in a box in the storage room, in the last box at my parents' home in Gothenburg, or lurking somewhere in the closet. I have no idea. But I do have a closet to look through right here, so I thought it might be fun to take this opportunity to invite you guys with me.
One pretty cool thing is that a growing number of Magic players these days refer to themselves predominantly as Oldschool players. The same way as people have described themselves as Modern players, Vintage players or Standard players for many years. "What do you play?" "I'm an oldschool player". And people know what they mean. As for me? I would probably label myself as a casual player. I am certainly familiar to most as an old school player, but my fire is really for casual Magic in all its forms. It has just been that old school is one of, if not the, greatest casual one-on-one constructed format.
First, we can take a look at what's outside the realms of the closet. What part of the collection is ready at hand, visible to a guest and easy to grab?
Moving on to the living room table:
|Not much to see here, but it is kinda sweet to have a Khalsa Brain mat as table cloth.|
|The 93/94 binder, and next to it a Vintage/Legacy Four-binder.|
|Old school binder for old school cards.|
|This one is also on the bedroom bookshelf btw; the original art for the first n00bcon pin.|
|Our first find is a pile of storage boxes...|
|...containing vast piles of penny sleeved cards. Far too many for a sensible Cube.|
|Now this is a fine piece of Magic. A Hurloon Minotaur jacket. The original swag, and one of the more cherished pieces in my collection.|
|Discretely signed by Anson Maddocks below the collar.|
|Adjacent to the RRD cube, on a pile of clothes, we find a few unopened boxes of my current favorite non-cube draft formats. I have never in my life bought a box of a standard (or modern) legal expansion, but these sets really hit it home for me.|
|And an unopened box of Archenemy Nicol Bolas. Haven't had the chance to open this box yet, but I did try it out last summer. Well designed product.|
|This particluar box I got in the mail as a surprise wedding gift from Yespair, a really nice guy running the Alara Games LGS in Trollhättan. Thanks man!|
|Oh, a dusty box of trinkets and old n00bcon pins! Can this hold what we're looking for?|
|Damn, flashbacks to the headache this puzzle gave me. Took me many hours to solve. Should probably leave this untouched.|
|Here's the only graded card I own; an Alpha Hurloon Minotaur with the case signed by Anson Maddocks. It feels iconic enough for me to justify having a card I can never play with.|
|Magic poker chips. Sweet trinkets. Got them as a gift from Andreas Cermak last n00bcon. Thanks!|
|Now these are nice. These books were a gift from Martin and Alex in Regensburg outside Munich about five years ago. I guess that some of the German readers here might recognize them :)|
|And a small playset binder with some random combolicious playsets from between Ice Age and Urza block.|
|The Chaos Orb binder. I think we could check this out in detail sometime later this year, but there are still some sweet oddities missing. Anyone who knows where I can find an orange playtest version of Chaos Orb? :)|
|Ok, nothing more interesting on the floor level. Let's check out the top shelf.|
|Just a bunch of penny sleeves and perfect fits...|
|Now this is nostalgic. My first high quality Deck Box from back when I was actually playing in a lot of Legacy and Vintage tournaments. 2005 or so I guess. This has seen some mileage.|
|A revised starter. Could it be something good?|
|Nope. Just random tier3 non-basics. The original Karoo-land though, that is kinda fun.|
|Now these I enjoy. These are home-made Duel Decks; Ral Zarek vs Vraska.|
|Ral Zarek Duel Deck. Card draw, burn, and combos.|
|Vraska Duel deck. Graveyard shenanigans and synergies.|
|A pretty sweet hand made deck box hosting some Queen Marchesa work-in-progress. It has turned into abandonware.|
|Now we're talking. This is clearly among the most ambitious Magic projects I've ever finished. The Haups Cube, version 3.|
|Ah, the innocuous looking Brew Warden. Harsh flashbacks to when Rafiki drafted BW Monks and with some shenanigans forced me to drink around 40 with this card, constantly reciting its flavor text as we went down the rabbit hole together.|
|Whelp, nothing left to see there. But here's a pile of cloth. Perhaps we can find an Alpha rule book tucked in between the playmats?|
|A white Khalsa Brain V2 Spellground Elite.|
|A bunch of Khalsa Brain V3 2-player Spellgrounds. These are really good playmats.|
|An original Khalsa-Brain (with the dash ;)) V1 Spellground Elite from 1994. This was my favorite playmat for many years. It has seen its fair share of spells.|
|Hey, a non-KB mat ;) Doesn't even come with a story, I just really liked the art on this one. Signed by Dan Fraizer btw.|
|The Fishliver Oil Cup ed. 1 playmat. Another case of awesome art, and of course, an awesome gathering. Fishliver Oil Cup was the first 93/94 tournament to use their own playmats after n00bcon.|
|Speaking of n00bcon, this is the n00bcon 9 playmat; i.e. the first dedicated 93/94 playmat. This is the default playmat I bring out whenever I play outside the kitchen table these days. Fantastic mat :)|
|Yeah, I know this is "full nerd". But it makes me smile.|
This treasure hunt may not have succeeded in reaching its goal, but I wouldn't call the search a failure. Looking through the stuff like this makes me appreciate the collection I've gathered and the memories that comes with it. Magic is a damn fine game.
Finally, I want to give a shout-out to Julien Cataliotti from Paris and Elias Gröndal from Stockholm whom managed to solve the riddle at n00bcon.com as the 4th and 5th persons to do so. I tip my hat for your skill and offer a small token in the form of invites for n00bcon 11 next year for your efforts. I think that about does it for that challenge, but if anyone else finds the solution, feel free to email me and I'll add you to a proverbial wall of fame.