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n00bcon 9 preparations

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April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

 -T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

April is approaching, and with it Easter and the Oldschool World Championship. A murder of ragtag jesters and spell slingers gathering in Gothenburg. Whatever it may lack in order and sanction, it makes up for in panache and recklessness. This is oldschool oldschool, the way 93/94 was envisioned. April 14th Rotary Pub hosts the 10th annual Easter gathering in 93/94, and the 9th annual n00bcon. Like most times before, it will be the largest old school Magic tournament held yet.
I've been getting a lot of messages about the how, what and when of the tournament, so I used my l33t h4xxor skills and put up a web page with some info.
While the page could once upon a time be described as "rad", it isn't super user friendly (no WCAG 2.0), so I'll just recap the most common quandaries here:
 n00bcon, despite the &qu…

The Wak-Wak deck library

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*Rod Serling voice*

An universal truth for those dabbling in charms: cherish what you believe. Whether you walk in Tolarian cloaks or in goblin caves; imitation is only flattery. It was for the mage herself to scribble the pages of her spellbook, expressing the modus operandi of her conjuring with self reflection.

Paint a picture of an atypical librarian. Add a cunning smile, a sharp pressed suit and a glass of fine scotch in hand. The man you see is Gordon Andersson. While submitting that a library of libraries will never offer the unassailable wisdom so often craved, it will perhaps supply perspective. Maybe even inspiration. It is said that every master penman knows the virtues of reading.

Gordon Anderson. A man who built an index for inspiration. This is his story. /Mg out

Hello, is it me you’re looking for? My name is Gordon Andersson and maybe you’ve seen that name pop up on the blog here and there the last year. For those who don’t know me, here is a short introduction. I starte…

Pictures from Arvika Festival 3

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Arvika Festival 3. In the world I see, this is how Magic should be played.

It started with 16 players two years ago, expanded to 34 last year, and hit 47 this time. It is not unlikely that this was the largest Magic tournament in Arvika ever, regardless of format. The word is spreading and people travel from far to be a part of the festivities.
The Train People -this time consisting of Hardy, Øyann and myself - arrived in Arvika Friday evening and stayed with KungMarkus and his family for the full weekend. Had our traditional fight with their dog and got filled up on good beer and good food.

Last year I wrote an in-depth report of my experience from the tournament. This time I'll take an easier route and approach it the way I did the first one. We had guests in our apartment this week and I didn't find the time to go deep nerd and write a lot. What I will say is that the difference between having your fiancée in South Sudan in the middle of a tribal war and her being in Arvika…