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Magic Card of the Week: Mindslaver

April 5, 2011 Magic 2 Comments
Mindslaver Magic the Gathering

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Welcome one and all to ShufflingDead’s Magic Card of the Week! This week we are featuring the Mirrodin artifact, Mindslaver.

The ultimate in control. There is no better way to perfectly sabotage an opponent than to know and control his every move.

Though a card like Mindslaver might seem expensive, keep in mind the pace of the game. If you have a deck with mana acceleration and you are at 6 mana early, great. If not, by the 6 mana time of the game, things are probably starting to get decisive.

That is the perfect time to unleash Mindslaver and take control of one of your opponents’ extremely critical turns.

Make him attack with his puny supporting creatures he’s been protecting all game. Cast his damage spells on his own army. Throw everything in your enemy’s arsenal in his face, embarrass him. You know you want to.


Star Trek Episode of the Week: Coming of Age

Star Trek Next Generation Coming of Age

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In this week’s episode, absolutely nothing happens of any consequence.

Plot: Two Starfleet personnel have come for a visit. They want to interrogate the entire crew of the Enterprise and probe for any flaws in Picard’s command. Remarkably, this leads to many references to previous episodes, but never degenerates into a clip show.

Meanwhile, Wesley Crusher takes the Starfleet Academy entrance exam on Relva VII. The entrance exams appear to have been stiffened up since the likes of Reg Barclay graduated. Wes must beat out three other obnoxious wunderkinds to even get in.

Character Development: In this episode, we learn that Wes is too nice for Starfleet. The examiners know he helped another student, but they reward the cheater, instead of the helpful acting ensign.

Forehead of the Week: That great honour goes to the Benzite. These fishy creatures need mysterious vapours pumped onto their faces through Neil Young’s harmonica at all times to survive.

Memorable Quote: “I failed the first time.” – Picard, revealing the entrance exam is meaningless.

Question of the Week: Which Was the Best Baddy In Mario?

April 2, 2011 Question No Comments

Which Was the Best Baddy In Mario?

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The humble goomba.

The humble goomba.

In the course of battling through innumerable levels and jumping over all kinds of stuff, Mario and Luigi were plagued by all kinds of bad guy flunkies. Goombas, Koopa Troopas, you name it, they had to deal with them before breakfast. But which of them was the most awesome?


Magic Card of the Week: Tuktuk the Explorer

March 28, 2011 Magic 5 Comments
Tuktuk the Explorer

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Welcome back to ShufflingDead’s Magic Card of the Week, where this week we will be honoring goblin miscreant, Tuktuk the Explorer.

Tuktuk costs three mana to bring into play exploring for your side.

It’s also worth mentioning that he possesses the Haste ability, allowing a quick surprise attack should your opponent tap out his forces. Unfortunately, this surprise attack will only put you on the board for 1 damage.

While not being much to look at himself, Tuktuk Explorer comes equipped with another ability. When he is put into the graveyard from play, you get yourself a shiny new 5/5 artifact creature token.

Pretty neat, huh?


Star Trek Episode of the Week: Home Soil

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. Home Soil.

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In this Star Trek episode of the week, we explore the meaning of life.

Plot: The Enterprise checks in on a terraforming colony operated by a handful of the shifty and shady. After a murder takes place on the colony by a rogue drilling laser, Data has to act fast to take the contraption down (see above). It turns out the machinery has been hijacked by a previously undetected crystalline life form.

Character Development: In this episode, Counselor Troi informs us that Director Kurt Mandl of the terraformers is nervous after he blatantly appears standoffish and, well, nervous. This is important to remember for later episodes when it becomes clear that the only interesting characteristic of Troi is her mother.

Forehead of the Week: That title goes to the unnamed crystal organism living on the supposedly dead world of Velara III. Some of the crystal is brought back to the Enterprise where it begins to reproduce. This chunk of material becomes known, insultingly, as the microbrain.

Memorable Quote: “Ugly giant bags of mostly water.” – The crystal life form in its astute assessment of the human interlopers.

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