This week the dorks are going back to everyone’s favorite giant scaly fire-breathing mythical creatures – Dragons! We’re heading over to Dirk’s Creature Corner so he can tell us all the reasons that Dragons can’t actually exist. Whether it’s because they can fly even though they shouldn’t be able to, because they don’t make sense compared to the rest of the fossil record, or because they, you know, BREATHE FIRE, they just don’t make sense in the real world. Don’t worry though, we managed to have several entertaining and interesting tangents over the course of this conversation!
After that we decided to take it easy and just have some extended final thoughts, which we all did. Mike’s building Goblins, Brian’s building Jeskai Burn, Dirk’s got a light at the end of the tunnel, and Chewie has YouTube updates!
Let us know what you think of Dragons in the real world, and if you have any other suggestions for future Creature Corners then tell us!
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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Check out Higher Standards on MTGCast – http://mtgcast.com/topics/mtgcast-podcast-shows/active-podcast-shows/higher-standards
The Mana Pool Episode 38 – The Eventide Prerelease Ordeal – http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-38-the-eventide-prerelease-ordeal/
After some massive pre-show technical difficulties on Brian’s part that ultimately resulted in him falling off the call for the duration of the episode, we got a nice fast start this week. One of our listeners (Turner!) gave us an idea for a new recurring segment! We’re going back to old sets that existed before the Mythic rarity and picking out which rares would be Mythics now. We don’t have a name for it just yet, so feel free to send us any ideas. We’re kicking it off with a look back at Legions, the first small set that came out once we all started playing together. Let us know what you think!
After that, we move on to another first appearance of a recurring segment! Dirk’s Creature Corner makes its debut here! Since Dirk’s background is in Biology, he’s going to be leading us in a discussion about various creatures in Magic and how they just can’t exist in the real world. We’re kicking it off with everyone’s favorite pop-culture horror icon, the Zombie!
Let us know what you think of our two new segments! We’ll be coming back to them periodically in the future, so any suggestions are welcome!