The internet broke me and this blog

Written by Ron Saikowski, April 19, 2018

It's obviously been a bit since I've last posted. There are a number of reasons for that, but I wanted to let folks know what's going on with the site here.

First things first, prioritizing free time
My available time to create content and then get online to post it has been limited as of late. It's not that I am too busy which is the excuse we often see people using. We all have to prioritize every day and I find my time to get "online" with any regularity at the bottom of my to do list. This may change in the coming months, but for right now, it's going to be limited to say the least.

Facebook doesn't believe I am real
As an added hurdle, Facebook has decided that I am not a real person and has disabled my personal account. I am no longer able to get online using Facebook and communicate with everyone.

I had no clue this happened until I went to log in the other day and after repeated attempts, I found it my account had been "closed." I'm not sure how they decided I am not real and my account should be closed, but apparently there is a process to get them to reactivate your account.

They want a good bit of key personal information I am not comfortable sharing online and I'm not sure exactly how to navigate the problem just yet. We'll see how it goes.

Projects underway will have to be put on hold for now
I have a handful of projects I'm in the middle of right now that are going to be put on hold until I can get this whole Facebook thing sorted out. There are still some folks I have not been able to contact since I'm unable to reach them outside of Facebook. If you are one of those and you have not heard from me as of late, I apologize for that.

The biggest downside to all of this
Losing the ability to connect (via Facebook groups) with other Old School Magic players to play Old School online in those rare moments I have a few hours free. That's perhaps what bothers me the most.

It's not like I was online playing Old School every day as it was, but not having the ability to play at all really sucks.

In a nutshell...
1. My time online will be limited for the foreseeable future.
2. I am not real and have been removed from Facebook.
3. I am working on becoming real so I can get back to doing fun stuff online.

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Fellwar Stone: A diamond in the rough

Written by Ron Saikowski, February 27, 2018

Fellwar Stones. Often overlooked in favor of "better" sources of mana, are a completely viable source of mana in any deck. That's my conclusion after doing some highly scientific research this past week. And by highly scientific, I mean I cruised the internet during lunch looking at deck photos.

Just what is the best way to shuffle?

Written by Ron Saikowski, February 24, 2018

Actually, the question should be, "What is the best way to shuffle with card sleeves?" For some reason, finding and perfecting a "good" method still eludes me. Because I can't seem to get my act together, I often suffer from mana screw.

Why goldfishing hurts more than it helps

Written by Ron Saikowski, February 23, 2018

Let's be honest, we all do it.
We sit down at the table, shuffle up our cards, deal out a hand and start playing a game of Magic ... without an opponent. We keep playing until we reach some arbitrary point when we decide we've accomplished what we set out to do. Whatever that may be.

Here's why the old art is better

Written by Ron Saikowski, February 19, 2018

That's right, the old Magic the Gathering card art is better. It's far better than what we have on cards today. While it may not be popular to say so, it's an opinion held by many (often in secret) and despite the fact that what makes art "good," is in many ways... subjective, I can explain exactly why the old art is better.

Making the Assault Cannon what it should be

Written by Ron Saikowski, February 16, 2018

Our go to weapon is the Heavy Flamer. It's the standard loadout for our Space Hulk squad. But swapping the Heavy Flamer out for an Assault Cannon offers a whole new set of options and benefits for the Space Marine player. It just needs to be tweaked a bit.

We're not really playing "Old School" Magic

Written by Ron Saikowski, February 13, 2018

Of course that's what we call it, it's what we say we're playing, it's what we tell everyone we're playing, but it's not what we're playing.

Keeping track of stats in your games

Written by Ron Saikowski (Sponsored), February 12, 2018

I'm always on the hunt for new things I can try out in my games. I keep a mental list of things I'm looking for and it sort of keeps me out of trouble while I'm online. On that list has been a good way to track my life when playing Magic since getting back into playing. Then I happened to stumble onto these while cruising Facebook last month.