One Hundred and a Half

Hey everybody! The time, has finally come: welcome to the big 150th episode. I have celebrated several milestones and events in the past, anniversaries, contests, various celebrations, but 150 is a number that looks pretty great to me; wouldn’t you agree?

For the occasion, I had a cohost join me during this very special episode: – click on this link to see the full video – Reuben Covington, cohost of Remaking Magic!
We had a couple of activities planned, the first being to create a top-down design from a recently published gorgeous illustration for the new Dungeon and Dragons bestiary book. Let’s see what we came up with.

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Top-down design with several people leads to free form brainstorming all over the place, sharing random thoughts and inspirations. We agreed pretty quickly that the setting of the illustration reminded us of a tutor effect, possibly a blue one because of the frost giant.

After some time riffing on blue and black tutor designs and being inspired by the huge helmet in the corner, we opted for an artifact card combining tutor and reanimate effects. Quite a powerful card we ended up with! Nothing too crazy though.

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Next up: we review 13 designs I kept aside from the best of /r/custommagic from the past couple of years. You should really check out the full video as I can’t really describe its content, but all I can say is this was a ton of fun and a great learning experience. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Those were the festivities for episode 150. By now you must realize that this time it is much more about the live video version than the article, and this might become a trend in the future. Nowadays people are more interested in live streaming and youtube videos than they are in my short descriptions of the designs after the fact on the blog post or imgur descriptions.

As per usual it’s been a pleasure and I hope you will tell me what you think, as well as follow me and tune in for the next episodes, starting next week!
Until then, have a great time and play responsibly!

 

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Happy Birthday Bullzzai

Hi all. This week we are finally celebrating the one year anniversary of the blog! It’s been great fun writing those 43 posts so far. 43 is slightly under one a week, – that would make 52 posts – but since a few months ago I have gotten pretty good at posting every Tuesday or Wednesday. I’m not completely satisfied with where my writing skills are at just yet, but I’m pleased with what I learned about running a blog so far. I now try and come up with a coherent theme every week, keep it simple, and make sure I link the content as much as I can on various social platforms.

I have lots of various celebrations events for us this week, so let’s get started. First announcement this week, I have acquired http://www.bullzzai.com! I’m still ironing out the kinks coming with the transition, but you can already change your bookmarks. Pretty exciting, isn’t it?

1407199128589122Second surprise is our 1 year commemorative card, Bullzzai, Mindbound.

It can obviously do some crazy things, and will be fueled by your imagination! Past the obvious Mass Calcify, Red Elemental Blast and Nature’s Ruin combos, it can do some neat tricks with Thragtusk and let’s say… Benthic Djinn. Just about anything, really; just think about it!

I thought of giving control over your opponent’s spells as well, but we don’t want to play God that bad… Or do we?
howto6-06Next! A quick preview of the work in progress on my app MTG20 LifeCounter.

It is still in progress and we have a whole bunch more to achieve before release, but so far it looks like it’s going to be great!

I’m taking a close look at how we will make the app easier and more enjoyable to use, and I have the help of a designer to make it more beautiful as well.

Obviously I’ll keep the “player profile” feature, and try and bring the draft organizer up to snuff.

fa3be45ab1fee88c46253617175d4b3d_largeNow number four:
Bullzzai is proud to announce the sponsor of our local game shop, Endgame, in Oakland CA. It’s a great shop, with a great magic community until recently lead by the superhero judge Sean Catanese. Endgame just successfully founded a kickstarter to open their cafe, and Bullzzai will be displayed on they wall of honor as a backer!

You can see the concept art for the wall in the picture here, it’s going to be quite epic. Our logo will also be on there, along with the new website url.

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And now, our last announcement… I’m starting a contest for the best design of the year! There are 8 cards in competition and you can see the first half here on the side.

I have posted all of them on reddit and Magic Salvation forums and I invite you all to vote on here as well!

We will elect the best of those 8 designs and I will also pick the most accurate voter and offer him a few steam games 🙂 I have a dozen votes so far and am sharing with friends now.

That about wraps it up for our first year of Bullzzai designs 🙂 I have a lot of plans for the future, and I hope they will encounter greater success as time goes by. I am obviously thinking about more cards, cycles, sets, different games and apps I’m thinking about and working on as well, streaming, podcasts, updating the blog’s layout… You name it; there’s a lot of possibilities out there.

In real life as well, I’m still working on my cube, looking at commander meetups in my area, – making steady progress on a squirrel deck – and some shop could use my help as a rule advisor or judge,- I’m still training my judging skills. Lastly, I think it’s been a while I haven’t gone to a competitive event, PTQ or even Grand Prix.

Lots of things, you see. I hope you keep enjoying them. Don’t hesitate to give me vote and feedback, and see you next year!