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...that she might be a sufficient reason for young Candide

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March 9th, 2004

extreme geek post @ 02:49 pm

Current Mood: bouncy
Current Music: Indigo Swing

If you don't care about magic, run screaming. In fact, if you DO care about magic, seriously consider the running, screaming plan. It's a good plan.

I rethought the 'complete sets of everything' plan. I realized that the correct solution is just to not have thousands of dollars on a service that often sucks, when I could maintain like a couple hundred dollars of stock online, and have a very happy dual collection so I could play at the cardshop occasionally.

The main decks I play these days only dabble in the IPA cards I collected. I finally realized that converting my 4xIPA would require me to replace all of five (FIVE) cards online. The rest are not IPA (which is part of why I was stupidly planning on eventually getting full sets of everything and converting them all offline). I'm embarassed it took me this long to realize how little I would really be getting out of that. I'm just not enough of a collector, IPA block aside (god how I love IPA block), to justify owning all the cards available. It's not that expensive to buy singles, especially by comparison. Yes sets are easier to sell, but who the fuck am I kidding? Sell? Yeah, right. And it's not hard to offload Leonin Shikaris, if you know what I'm saying. So anyway, I decided to a) once and for all end my worry about when I should convert my sets, and b) enjoy playing both online and offline.

The new plan, already implemented, is to

1) Convert all the IPA sets over. This will be done as soon as the store comes back online (the reason this is all coming up when it is).
2) Replace the five dual lands I'll lose in the process. Trivial. And again, this will happen once it's actually possible.
3) Buy the core of my deck base (24 multilands of various sorts and 4 Wakes) offline.
4) While I'm at it, buy the new darksteel 'module' I want to play with.

If you made it this far, you might be interested in seeing what I will be receiving in the mail tomorrow.

I'm completely jazzed. It's making it hard to focus on anything, which is why I'm writing this (redundant with my email to majestros). I'm hoping that if I vent enough, I can put it out of my mind for 24 hours.

And yes, it's a childish casual deck designed for 2hg or emperor, and is basically an excuse to (::types one-handed::) run skullclamp and the swords in the same deck. This does not bother me. Anyone who has played with me online will be unsurprised by this revelation.
 
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From:majestros
Date:March 9th, 2004 03:12 pm (UTC)
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did you buy the RL cards (the whole deck) or something and it's arriving in the mail?
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From:hawk
Date:March 9th, 2004 03:18 pm (UTC)
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Precisely.
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From:grumbeld
Date:March 9th, 2004 11:24 pm (UTC)
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how easy do you think it is to sell an online collection? What is the best method of doing this? E-Bay? I have quite a few good cards, and no interest to play online.
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From:hawk
Date:March 9th, 2004 11:37 pm (UTC)
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Well, depends on what you want to get out of it. Do a good, thorough job of highlighting the valuable cards in a clear, sorted, prettified list, and sell the collection as a unit on Ebay, and you'd probably do okay. You'll get what some shop owner/salesman thinks they can get for them less whatever the market will bear. But you'll get better money overall if you take the time to individually sell them, I'm pretty sure. Whatever you do, wait until things have been stable and happy for at least a week before you try to sell anything. I'm betting the market is pretty depressed with all the instability and uncertainty. I, for example, was not worrying about converting my collection a week ago. Now, I am without reservation redeeming all 12 sets the first second I have the chance. Assuming this general mindset is not unique (!), you'll find a lot fewer buyers and a lot more sellers than usual. Most people don't have the luxury of redeeming sets, so getting out, as in your case, means flooding the market.

::shrugs:: Good luck. Anything especially noteworthy?
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From:grumbeld
Date:March 10th, 2004 11:32 pm (UTC)
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Ummm... Oversold Cemetary, Patriarch's Bidding, Goblin Piledriver, Goblin Sharpshooter, Weathered Wayfarer, Flooded Strand, Polluted Delta, Brood Sliver (apparently legions is a popular set).

I think that those are the most interesting cards. I also have a Goblin Warchief and a lot of the common goblins that make up either the mono-red Goblin deck or the Goblin Bidding decks that are said to be strong but aren't played at my local game store.
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From:hawk
Date:March 11th, 2004 02:39 am (UTC)
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Holy shit. I just closed my browser with my massive response. Fuck it. I said:

a) cool cards
b) if nobody is playing clamp-bidding at your store, you should, because it's very strong, and only gets stronger if nobody's boarding good goblin hate.
c) what does what people are playing at your local game store have to do with selling your MODO?
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From:grumbeld
Date:March 11th, 2004 09:06 am (UTC)
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Oh nothing, I was just saying that as an aside. I'm playing the pseudo zombie pseudo suicide black jank deck that the starcitygames forums were discussing. I finally deproxied it last night after doing a couple of massive trades. Playing creatures like Greater Harvester just makes me feel warm inside.

...that she might be a sufficient reason for young Candide

and he for her