- Joypad Open: A study in Soot
Angst, hangover and the darkest of decks guides me through the first non-proxy tournament in Norway.
- Arvika Festival 2
An attack on the Protection of Civilians camp in South Sudan threatens my partner who works there with Doctors without Borders. 10,000 km north, I meet up with old friends in Oslo and travel to Arvika to battle at the yearly Festival.
- Borås is Disorderly and Depraved
At the outskirts of the BSK gaming convention, we gather at All Hallow's Eve for an impromptu 93/94 tournament. (This was written as a guest post for the mtgunderground blog.)
- A Ringer's Report of BSK 2014
Hall of Famer Olle Råde recants his memories of BSK 1994. He returns to the roots twenty years later to battle at the 93/94 Shark Tournament, showing that he is still the Master of Magic cards old and new. (By Olle Råde)
- Got there! A report from Kingvitational
After a long night, Honka and I return to Varberg to take down Kungens annual gathering and rant about the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Chronicles and Annals
- Ethiopian Gold
A tumultuous trip to the core of Africa, when a gold coin and a trio of beggars help me realize how greed and sloth will make my cards worthless.
- Old School of Thought
On the train to Wexio Gaming Convention, I ponder why we play old school. How would I describe the format to a rookie? (This post was written as a guest article for eternalcentral.com.)
- Matt's Story
Matt Shields shares his story of how his hobby has influenced the last 20 years, and how it feels going back to the roots today. (By Matt Shields)
- Priorities and Luxury
An apologia of why we spend thousands of dollars on simple cardboard instead of clothes, trinkets or charity.
- Moxen and Timon of Athens 4:2:30
We have seen better days. A personal history of the five moxen are intertwined by my feelings after a long-term relationship had ended.
Rarities and Oddities
- Garfield Alters
We take a look at a real oddity of the mid 90s; cards with their text altered by Richard Garfield.
- Summer Time
We delve down in the world of Summer Magic, perhaps the most infamous and obscure printed set in Magic history.
- Cut from a different cloth
Japji Khalsa and Jeff Brain created the legendary first play mats in the days before sleeves existed. With some thoughts from Khalsa himself (and Brain in the comments section :))
- To the Nines
What's the deal with owning full Power, and why have these particular nine cards a special status?
- Worzel's Rules
I get my hands on an Alpha rule book and read the story of Worzel.
Rules and tech
Power level errata and ambiguous wording was a common part of the rules two decades back. We take a look at a few cards that would have a very different power level had they been played as written.
- Mastering Magic Cards
A review and some history of the first printed Magic strategy book, Mastering Magic Cards by George Baxter.
- Legendary rules
Writer's block makes me look through my closet to find the old Legends rule card.
- All in good timing
A history of timing from 1993-1999, before the creation of the stack.
- The flip side
Old magazines and Magic rules manager Matt Tabak helps us clear the smoke and find official rules on dexterity cards.
Cards and anecdotes
- Bottled Up
The history of City in a Bottle and the other expansion hosers.
- Time Walk and Hamlet 1:5:190
A nostalgic and fairly strategic post from when I got my first Time Walk.
- The Fire of Sri Lanka
A post about the card Serendib Efreet. It's a sweet card.
- The other side of Power
The horrible mana fixing and acceleration on the other side of Moxen and Sol Rings.
- Day 10: Stasis
Deck tech and a history of Stasis.
Format and community
- The Arguments on Fallen Empires
A few of the arguments on including or excluding Fallen Empires in 93/94.
- 93/94 by any other name
A short recap of how the format started, and why we allow Unlimited but not Revised in the original incarnation of Old School.
- From Scratch
What to think about if you want to get into the format with a limited budget and a negligible card pool.
- Juzam, Ponderings, and Bay Area Old School
My first thoughts about house rules and local variants of 93/94 from early 2013 when the format first started to expand further into Canada, USA and parts of Southern Europe.
- Brews, Casualties, and Scanners
In the spring of 2015, the format got a big following in Southern Europe and expanded on more social media sites and facebook groups.
Other and random
The start of the 2015 #MtgForLife campaign. The community gathered almost $13,000 for Doctors without Borders in 40 days.
- The distribution of the binomial coefficients modulo p (a layman's review)
We go full nerd and try to get a grasp of Richard Garfield's PhD thesis.
93/94 is not the only format in the MtG underground. We take a short break from the oldest of cards and look at the casual multiplayer Tribelander format.
- Skype magic - or playing magic with people from all over the world when you have toddlers
An introduction on how to play 93/94 on Skype, where to find opponents and how to get a good setup. (By Bjørn Einar Bjartnes)
- Beware of Magic: the Gathering!
Demons, the occult, and erroneous Bible references. Magic was not popular among the morally prude in the mid 90s.
And a few deck techs...
- Felipe's Time Vault (TwiddleVault, by Felipe Garcia)
- Deck tech from Worlds '94 (MaRo's UG Stompy)
- Starkbier and Goats (MonoRed Atog)
- Antiquities Road Show (UW Archaeologist)
- The Icy WinterSmoke of Life (Smoke Control)
- Haupsdeck Distress (Distress)
- Void of the Underworld: A report from MindStage (Nether Void Ponza, by Viktor Peterson)
- Old Deadguy Ale (BW Aggro/Control)
- The return of The Deck (The Deck)
- Elof's Tech: Paint it Black (Deathlace Combo, by Elof Gottfridsson)
- Eternal Flames (Monored Burn)
- Danish Brews part I and Danish Brews part II (lots of different decks, by Hans Henrik Rasmussen)