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Episode 370 – So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish People

We’re joined this week by fellow podcaster and all-around awesome guy, Mr. Jason Roskam! He’s one of the hosts of the Higher Standards podcast, which focuses solely on, oddly enough, the Standard format. Imagine that. But we’re not here to talk about Standard! Mr. Roskam tells us all about how he plays Magic with his son! It involves keeping him interested in the game while still helping him to improve and learn more, which is a pretty nifty balancing act. From there the discussion turns to some ideas for how to make Magic, competitive and otherwise, a little more welcoming to newer players. Do you have any ideas? Let us know!

After that, we turn to Dirk for another edition of Dirk’s Creature Corner! This time (in case you couldn’t tell from the title) Dirk is turning his eye towards the fishy existence of Merfolk! Dirk points out all the biological, physiological, evolutionary, and cultural reasons why merfolk just…won’t work, whether they are the Leggy or Finny variety. We had a lot of fun discussing fish gills, fish necks, fish hands, fish junk, and of course, fish boobs. There’s a lot of talk about the potential origins of these fish people – did they come straight from fish or were they perhaps already on land and backed back into their aquatic homes

This one was a lot of fun, and be sure to let us know what creatures we should dissect in the next episode of Dirk’s Creature Corner!

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  1. Banzai_Tree
    May 6, 2015 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Something to maybe think about for a future Dirk’s Science Corner is the various species of creatures in Magic that are humanoid cultures in one place (leonids, rhoxen, loxodons) and animals and beasts of burden in other places (leotaus, rhinos, mammoths).

  2. James
    May 7, 2015 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to this episode I’m considering attempting to start a Magic club at the local library. Any suggestions on the best way to get started? Also, what set is considered to be the “start” of Modern format? I’m having trouble looking up some things on my phone (badly cracked screen haha)

    • May 7, 2015 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

      I’m not sure what to suggest, but I bet Bruce Richard has some great advice. You can use the contact info at the bottom of one of his articles to get in touch with him.

      The first Core Set counted as Modern is 8th Edition and the first Expansion Block is Mirrodin – Darksteel – Fifth Dawn. This page explains the basics of the format.

  3. James
    May 7, 2015 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Mike that is a big help on botg counts

  4. James
    May 8, 2015 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    A thought that occurred to me regarding merfolk in terms of M:tG: what if they began as humans/humanoid but were cursed to be aquatic? And, if i remember correctly (I may not), I thought fish drew water in through their mouths and, when it passed through their gills, that was how tge oxygen was pulled from the water. Also, their depth would determine how strong their lungs/ diaphragm/rib cage would need to be to breathe. Additionally, if cold blooded, if they lived in warm/temperate water, wouldn’t that also alter the necessity for how much energy output they would need? Finally, if they only had to do serious swimming in a particular situation, the head/neck/arms thing could be a moot point if they spend more of their time upright/on land to utilize their tools/weapons (I’ve considered utilizing Merfolk/Sea Elves in my novels). Just a thought. As a side note, a friend and I are looking to start a Magic club at the local public library thanks to this episode.

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