Exploring Ixalan: Casual Adept

ixalan

This is an evaluation of the current Magic the Gathering expansion, Ixalan from a casual kitchen table perspective. I certainly do not expect these articles to shape the evaluation of current sets though I do feel it may address a large audience usually left out of coverage. The gap between a casual and more competitive audience is wide and sometimes impossible to frame. The idea of casual versus competitive is different depending on definition and people asked. For this we are going to assume casual means a small playgroup, with…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XXX

Dungeons Synth Digest XXX

This entry will be my 30th entry into the Dungeon Synth Digest, or if you would like more flavor, the 30th volume stored away in some arcane library hidden away from the troubles of mortal men. Since writing this series monthly, I have encountered and immersed myself to many albums and became aquatinted with many different artists. The push to search through new releases each month allowed me to see the growth of a scene played in real time just on a smaller scale. Around the same time as the…

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Big Metal Month (October)

Big Metal Month was a new idea I had to keep up with some of the giant labels in heavy metal releasing new albums from well known bands. Since I have chosen to spend all of my time with dungeon synth and things no one else cares about, it is surprising to see some of metal’s biggest releases pass without notice. Big Metal Month also sounds like a comic book which comes in an oversized magazine with lots of pictures. This obviously makes me happy. Please use this column to…

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ENSLAVED – E (2017)

Well, here we are with Enslaved and boy do we have a lot to talk about. Enslaved is fairly new to me meaning that aside from this Norwegian band being monumental in any black metal list or article, much of their post 2000’s work was vague to me. This came in conflict with the band’s continual popularity with each of their records. Last year I feel backwards into the band’s discography working my way from a frosty viking black metal band into a psychotropic warriors plunging their way through a…

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Pathfinder Log (2nd Entry): Into The Shingles

Current Party Level: 2-3 This is a continuation of my Pathfinder campaign as GM running through one of the more famous campaigns The Curse of the Cirmson Throne. As reported last log, Korvosa is on the edge of anarchy with the death of its king and the mysterious regency of the Queen. These events eventually become the problems of the party where they emerge from dealing with Gadren Lamm to find themselves the errand boys and girls for the Korvosa guard. How did this happen? Well they found the Queen’s…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XXIX

Dungeons Synth XXIX

Perched along the banks of the mighty River Shrill, this isolated frontier settlement is the last stop on the caravan routes. The mile-wide river is all that separates the Fort from the shadowy bulk known only as “The Hill,” a land of nameless terrors and ancient legend. The fog-shrouded crests and densely wooded slopes of The Hill rise 400 feet, looming ominously over the tiny settlement. On clear days, The Hill’s rocky cliffs can be seen jutting from its bulky mass, but the view is usually obscured by gouts of…

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Exploring Ixalan

ixalan magic the gathering

Foreword I have always wanted to do more Magic the Gathering content on this site but have found myself unable to frame a good concept. For the past couple of years I have predominantly played Commander (EDH) with various plunges into Pauper, Legacy, and Modern formats. Even though Magic has taken up a large portion of my life, I felt in no way informed enough to write articles on the subject. More so, the amount of content and things I wanted to talk about was so vast, I could not…

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Dungeon Synth Compilation IX: Trials in the Shadow Realm

This is not only the 9th volume in the dungeon synth compilation but the third chapter in an ongoing musical narrative. Back in the early part of 2017, an idea for a dungeon synth compilation was raised both on the Facebook page as well as the dungeon synth forum. Not to have conflicting or competing compilations that could possibly be confusing for some, the two were consolidated, planned, and released together. At this moment, there are three volumes released seasonally with one being traditional, one being experimental, and finally one…

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Dungeon Synth Compilation VIII: On Old Misty Roads

Before we begin I find it important to mention the breaking up of music into two volumes. Aside from being practical in having two volumes instead of one 2 hour compilation, the split between the two is purely aesthetic and done at the whim of the compiler. Since the beginning of these compilations the music was grouped between the more traditional and the more experimental. This does not mean that the artists themselves chose that distinction rather it was grouped that way based on the selections. Given a different set…

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Big Metal Month (September)

Mastodon returns to us with a short EP which is following their 2017 album Emperor of Sand. The difference between these two releases is Cold Dark Place is a stripped down minimal version of Mastodon with a steel pedal guitar as the primary instrument. While I have had varying views on Mastodon since basically their beginning, Cold Dark Place is an interesting diversion for the band who has had varying successes with experimentation over the course of their career.

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Dungeon Synth Compilation VII: Tome of Lost Worlds

Tome of Lost Worlds represents the 7th compilation made in 2017 and the start of a the third round of seasonal collections of new dungeon synth. Since starting this project, I wanted to showcase new and recent works from a variety of artists who are either entering into the genre or even working on new material. The series has naturally fallen into three volumes which have become the traditional volume, the experimental volume, and finally the narrative volume. Tome of Lost Worlds represents the traditional volume or at least the…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XXVIII

If there ever comes a time in my life when I do not listen to dungeon synth (DS), I will look back on it as a genre that give me much more than the music everyone thinks about. DS is related to so many weird and outsider genres that just by association, it offers walking paths to some of the more fringe genres of electronic music. This digest is set up in a way that it leads with some of the more popular traditional sounding music and eventually unravels into…

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Modding D&D Basic

D and D Basic

Alright. History first. “The Haunted Keep” was a beginner scenario planted in the 1981 Dungeons and Dragons Basic Rules Set. The editions of Basic D&D would be released in colorful boxes which would be distinct alongside the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons rulebooks. Basic D&D was intended to offer a stripped down ruleset that would eventually lead into higher levels with the advanced books. The Haunted Keep was a starter dungeon intended on teaching would be Dungeonmasters how to make up their own adventure as it gave the barebones of a…

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Pathfinder Log (1st Entry): Edge of Anarchy

Pathfinder - Edge of Anarchy

This is the start of a diary / log of of sorts revolved around running the Curse of the Crimson Throne campaign using the Pathfinder RPG system. This is not my first time game mastering an RPG game nor is it my first Pathfinder game. What this is though is my first time running a planned adventure as I have spent the past couple of years running homebrews which used loosely collected Pathfinder and D&D 3.5 rulesets. This is me trying to play it straight and for my players. This…

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