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Shaalbal, Red DragonNot in the Cards

I stumbled upon this excellent article about TSR’s collectible card game Spellfire. I played a little bit back in my early teen years, since I had played D&D for longer than I’d played Magic and the game had some appeal to me for that reason. Sadly, it was just a lackluster game in comparison to other options available at the time.

Burning Chrome

Android: Netrunner game boxBack in May, Fantasy Flight Games announced they are releasing the Netrunner card game as their latest Living Card Game. Since then, I have been on a non-stop binge of anticipation.

The year was 1996, and there was this curious little card game called Magic: The Gathering, which I had been playing since the Revised edition. Back then, CCGs were new and exciting territory, and while you might think there are a lot of them now, companies were releasing crazy ones left and right in the mid-90s. The king of the hill was still Richard Garfield’s now-defunct Deckmaster series, of which Magic: The Gathering was a part. Other games that held the Deckmaster brand were Jyhad (now Vampire: The Eternal Struggle) and Netrunner, the star of our show, originally based on R. Talsorian’s Cyberpunk role-playing game.

I was introduced to Netrunner at my local gaming store, where I often went to play Magic, BattleTech, and Warzone. One of the older guys there, Sean, was trying to get others to play. I volunteered.

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Sprucing Up the Den

A thousand thanks to the amazing Joanne Renaud for creating the marvelous work of art that now graces this blog’s header. Her illustrations are fantastic, and I’m honored to have one to call my own. Some of you may recall that she also illustrated the Snowflake of Eshara in a post of mine several months ago. Ever since then, I was dying for something else, and after only a brief discussion things fell right into place and voilàI can’t stop staring at it.

Joanne made the logo using the Twenty12 font by the talented Paul Sheetz, so be sure to check out his work as well.

I hope you enjoy! I know I do. I’ve said it a thousand times already, but I’ll say it again: thank you Joanne!