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Magic the Gathering: Project ‘Booster Fun’ Breakdown

*** This is my take on it after multiple passes on the original article and getting input from others. In places, I hope I’m wrong, and if you can add clarity, please message/email me so I can update this ***

Rarities remain unchanged, but variant cards within each rarity will obviously be scarcer. Exact distribution to be determined as no metrics were provided in the article.

This breakdown is expansion-agnostic. (Throne of Eldraine – the October 2019 expansion – specific notes are in italics.)

The Three New Card Variants

Showcase Frame – a unique design for each set, but only for a selection of cards – occurring at all rarities, and in foil & non-foil versions.

Extended art cards (as per Ultimate Edition Box Toppers) – only for a selection of rares and mythic rares, will have foil & non-foil versions

Borderless Planeswalker (as per Mythic Edition) with alternate art – unclear if all or a selection – but will have foil & non-foil versions
(Throne of Eldraine will have three Mythic Rare Borderless Planeswalkers.)

Card Variants by Rarity

Common

Non-foil Card
Foil card
Showcase frame with alternate art
Foil showcase frame with alternate art

Uncommon

Non-foil Card
Foil card
Showcase frame with alternate art
Foil showcase frame with alternate art
Borderless planeswalker with alternate art (unlikely, but no specific exclusion stated, and unclear if would be all planeswalkers or just a selection)
Foil borderless planeswalker with alternate art (unlikely, but no specific exclusion stated and unclear if would be all planeswalkers or just a selection)

Rare

Non-foil Card
Foil card
Showcase frame with alternate art
Foil showcase frame with alternate art
Borderless planeswalker with alternate art (unclear if all planeswalkers or just a selection)
Foil borderless planeswalker with alternate art (unclear if all planeswalkers or just a selection)
Extended art (only for some rares)
Foil extended art (only for some rares)

Mythic Rare

Non-foil Card
Foil card
Showcase frame with alternate art
Foil showcase frame with alternate art
Borderless planeswalker with alternate art (unclear if all planeswalkers or just a selection)
Foil borderless planeswalker with alternate art (unclear if all planeswalkers or just a selection)
Extended art (only for some mythics)
Foil extended art (only for some mythics)

Token

Non-foil Card
Foil card (only found in the Collector’s Booster)

Packaging

Draft Booster Pack

The 15+1 card booster we know, with a higher frequency of foils: now averaging 1 in every 3 packs.

Single version with varying wrapper art.
Contents consist of: 1 rare/mythic rare, 3 uncommons, 10 commons, 1 land, 1 ad card/token card

Might contain Borderless Planeswalker or Showcase Frame cards.
(NB: Throne of Eldraine will not include any common non-foil Showcase Frame cards in the draft booster)

Themed Booster Pack

35+1 cards with a thematic (not necessarily colour) link.

Variable number of versions. (Throne of Eldraine has 5, one of each colour)
Contents consist of: 1 rare/mythic rare, 34 commons/uncommons (always more commons than uncommons), 1 reference card

NB: 1 in 10 themed booster packs will contain 2 rares/mythic rares and 33 commons/uncommons

Collector’s Booster Pack

English & Japanese language only – limited print run – 15+1 cards.

Single version, possibly with varying wrapper art.
Contents consist of:

1 rare/mythic rare with extended art (any card that doesn’t already appear in the set as a borderless or showcase frame)
1 foil rare/mythic rare (can be standard, borderless, showcase or extended)
9 foil commons/uncommons (can be standard or showcase)
3 special-frame non-foil cards (showcase or borderless planeswalkers), any rarity
1 ancillary card (new cards not found in draft boosters, such as those unique to Planeswalker decks or Brawl decks)
1 foil token (only place to get foil tokens for the set. No emblems.)

(Throne of Eldraine Buy-a-Box promo will be a Collector’s Booster with the Buy-a-Box card included)
(Throne of Eldraine will only include common non-foil Showcase Frame cards in Collector’s Boosters)

Planeswalker decks

Multiple versions (Throne of Eldraine has 2)

Contents consist of:
60-card deck with 10 cards unique to that deck:
1 copy of a mythic rare (the planeswalker the deck is built around)
2 copies of the same rare (card with an effect that also tutors specifically for the planeswalker card in this product)
3 copies of the same uncommon (usually a card synergistic with the planeswalker in the deck)
4 copies of a the same common (a basic effect to make the deck work)

Brawl decks

Multiple versions (Throne of Eldraine has 4)

Contents consist of:
60-card deck with 7 cards unique to that deck.
Life wheel – a card with a life counter in it.

Bundle

Single version (as per Core Set 2020)

Contents consist of:
10 Draft Booster packs
20 foil basic lands
20 regular basic lands
1 bundle promo card
1 oversized spindown life counter (20-sided)
Storage box

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Posted by on July 24, 2019 in Daybook

 

So, Jae Decided to Build an Eldar Titan

I’ve been a roleplayer and gamer for many years, pretty much exclusively in the real world as the motion sickness I have prevents me playing most computer games (good thing too, otherwise I’d never have become a writer – or done much else).

Games Workshop and the Warhammer phenomenon have been at the fringe of my awareness for decades. Of all the things they’ve produced, the Harlequins of Warhammer 40,000 are the only things that really caught my imagination. I even had a set of the original ones, but sold it untouched as my painting skills at the time, while competent, weren’t up to the task of doing them justice. Plus, you needed a lot of money to build a Harlequin army.

Last year, Games Workshop announced Kill Team, a skirmish-level standalone game set in the Warhammer 40k universe. This, I thought, would be an ideal time to get half a dozen Harlequins and have some fun. Then I saw the prices and decided otherwise.

At near the end of last year, a friend gave me a Harlequin troupe. A simple gift, but much appreciated. Scaring up a second-hand Kill team manual didn’t take long, but I found my tendencies to write stories fired by my new Harlequin troupe. Within days, I had a background for them and some daft ideas. As things tend to do when they are meant to be, several things fell into place and I wound up with a part built, part rebuilt, largely unfinished, and long abandoned Forgeworld Revenant Titan. As I laid out the bits, I realised I’d stepped off the deep end as far as my model making skills were concerned. On top of that, the thing is huge.

Given this was to be a Harlequin titan, I had some offbeat ideas for how it should be armed. Upon seeing the parts, I suddenly came up with the idea of adding a webway gate to the build. After some research, I decided a pulsar could remain, but needed power sword to allow closer range work. A fire prism would replace the other pulsar. After all, I reasoned, if I’m going to be out of my depth and making it up as I go along, I might as well try to get it all in.

The concept being that the troupe, named the Masque of Isha’s Grace, had been one of those dedicated to supplementing the defences around the Black Library. Every member had heard the voice of the lost Eldar goddess Isha, calling them from the webway. To what end remains unclear. So, they do what the battle dancers do – defend the galaxy from the encroachment of Chaos. With the change in Cegorach’s approach, and guided by a whisper from she whom they refer to as the Mother of Tears, they have stepped into the real to wage war alongside any who would lay the banners of Chaos down.

Taking some fine hints as to body dynamics and where to start from the tutorial on Oink’s Overambitious Terrain Projects blog, and having the legs already constructed, I chose to work with what I’d been given. All the advice I saw demanded that I start with the legs, but, before that, I needed to have a good idea of the final pose I wanted. That took a while. When a set of Tiny Worlds resin rock outcrops arrived, it came together quite quickly.

As the Titan is to be displayed with the rest of the Masque, the round base was discarded and a 300mm square picture frame acquired, to give base and edging, followed by a 310mm square heavy black resin cutting board to be the base for the finished display.

What followed was somewhere around fifty hours work. There are 78 pictures and as WordPress will have a fit if I try to include the lot, I’ve placed them over on my image blog, Slow Missiles. Photos: 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, 71-78

I hope my amateur efforts are of interest, and possibly save someone else trouble.

The Masque is away being painted and the Titan will be joining them soon. Which is why the build of the Titan is lacking pauldrons, thigh guards and main manouvre jet units, as fitting them would make proper paintwork impossible.

I will put up a new post with the complete Masque of Isha’s Grace, including credits and info, when they’re finished and back.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2019 in Daybook

 

Thee Too?

I’ve seen the MeToo flashes appearing and, to be honest, I’m astonished there aren’t more. But, that’s a telling thing. Even amidst this wave of confrontation, women are keeping quiet. Be it from privacy concerns, embarrassment, past trauma or fear of backlash, the participants are, I suspect, vastly outnumbered by the silent ones.

In a world where men have had a damn rude time for far too long, I’m expecting the trivialisation and normalisation to get in gear soon. Make no mistake, many men hide deep-seated beliefs about male superiority. It’s rather inevitable, as it’s what we’ve been presented with at every level from birth to now – unless we’ve had a wake-up call.

Now, let’s be clear. I’ve been part of the problem and made my excuses to myself over some egregious obsessive behaviour. (Yes, I’ve ‘come round’, apologised, and, quite rightly, lost friends.) This society is just starting to get over its infatuation with the creepy behaviours of rejected blokes trying to ‘prove’ their love. It can’t happen too soon. Maybe this will finally make it socially acceptable for that bloke’s real friends to slap him down and give him the telling off he so badly needs.

Sexual harassment is a subjective thing. Without common ground for behaviour norms, what can be banter on one side can be brutal on another. Those norms can come from within families, and many would argue they should. I would posit that basic manners and etiquette should also be taught at school. Nothing fancy, just a well-rounded balance to any malign influences that may be occurring in a child’s out-of-school environment.

Self-worth. Confidence. The most astonishing people I know of all sexes (don’t start, that’s a separate conversation) are those who know what they are, to a greater or lesser extent. They doubt themselves, they evidence consideration for others (if not compassion), they know that their selves, body and mind, are theirs and theirs alone, and their word is law regarding what you may and may not do with or to them on any level.

Respect every individual as just that. Pass no comment to another that you wouldn’t tolerate being given by a stranger to you or your loved ones. Male or female, makes no difference. This is the twenty-first century. Sexism is a hate crime that should be fought with the same rigour as all other forms of fanaticism.

You have nothing to prove to anyone except yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Your body, faith, erotica and soul are inviolate and anyone who would take advantage should stop at the word ‘no’. If they don’t and there’s no-one about to intervene – which people should do! Stop treating anything uncomfortable as someone else’s problem. Step up. Step in. – then you should be absolutely sure that there will be recourse to justice and severe punishment to be meted out.

I suspect the changes needed to achieve a balance will be slow: generational more than anything. I also suspect there’s more grim reveals to come. MeToo is long overdue. Here’s hoping it effects changes where it needs to.

Finally, I think Helen Mirren’s advice should be taught to girls early and often: “At 70 years old, if I could give my younger self one piece of advice, it would be to use the words ‘fuck off’ much more frequently.

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2017 in Daybook

 

The Misrule of Law

Amazon has just been fined 250 million Euros (plus interest) for tax dodging within the EU between 2006-2014.

They’ll probably pay it out of petty cash.

Laws require penalties for contravening them. If the punishment is harmless to the criminal, how can a law be enforced?

A long time ago, I heard a joke by a comedian named Emo Philips: “When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bike. Then I realised, the Lord doesn’t work that way. So I just stole one and asked Him to forgive me.

It’s a neat example of a very old adage: “‘Tis easier to seek forgiveness than to seek permission.

But when that very sentiment has become the de facto operating mode of everyone from beggars to prime ministers, then the rule of law has separated from justice. When you can blame a deity/society/minority for failings of honesty, compassion, and government, it becomes easy to accept that everything going wrong is someone else’s responsibility.

Which is a lie.

Bad things happen because good people do nothing to stop them. Yes, I accept that in a few cases, the bad thing would happen anyway. But, in a majority of cases, the bad thing happened slowly, you saw it coming, you ignored the warnings, you might even have ridiculed those who tried to warn you, and – most damning – you didn’t really care as long as the bad thing didn’t affect you. You clicked to put your name next to a disapproving emoticon and signed a couple of online petitions, but, deep down, you know you actually did nothing, and it doesn’t bother you. Everyone else does the same, after all.

Hiding in the herd. We’ve all done it at some point in our lives. None of us are blameless. Too busy, too distracted, too important.

Too late.

You’re living in the world made by your indifference. I hope you like it, because – to my view – the change that’s coming is going to ruin this cosy little existence and you only have yourselves to blame.

Yourselves. To. Blame.

A quote from Riddick says it better than I can: “Leave God out of this. He wants no part of what happens next.

 

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2017 in Daybook

 

Let Angel’s Wings Be Still

As she approaches those gates.
An elderly woman –
With a beatific smile,
Butterflies on her shoulders,
Rainbows in her hair,
Flowers blooming in her wake –
And dragons at her back.

Fare thee well, mother.
May your God be as worthy
As you always believed.

Turn away, my brothers –
Your vigil is done.

Mum.
At peace, at last.
11/07/17

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2017 in Daybook

 

Surreal in the Rain

While I’m usually stoic about being caught in the rain, poor timing and a phenomenal cloudburst drove me into a shop doorway on the way home late last night.

Watching a deserted pedestrian precinct, rain hammering down, I was surprised to be joined by a fox (who was substantially less bedraggled than myself, the suave so-and-so). As we stood on opposite sides of the alcove, backs to the doors, we alternated our gazes between each other and the rain.

Standing there, the world about us silent but for the torrent of descending water, we were both caught unawares by a seagull walking past, muttering those little conversational squawks they utter when solving a problem. Fox and I watched in mystification as the bird trotted away down the precinct, turned a corner and disappeared from view, still nattering.

Within minutes, the rain had eased to a mere downpour. Fox and I set off to complete our respective journeys.

Surreal times, kids. Surreal times. You all keep well.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2017 in Daybook

 

New World Disorder

And now, like the screaming after Brexit – but in a more immediate time frame – we wait. We know we’re going to be surprised. We just don’t know what form the surprises will take.

Ignore the pundits, the howlers, the hatemongers, and your fears. Live well. Do good. Love carefully but unreservedly. Above all: have fun. Always have fun.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2016 in Daybook

 
 
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