Monthly Archives: January 2009

It’s an omen. It could be an omen.

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I had a serendipitous encounter with a giant spotted eagle ray this morning in the lake outside our building. It provided a very uplifting message. I will share the whole story soon.

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Upper Deck Stops Producing Vs. System, Florida Marlins Unveil New Ballpark.

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As you have heard, Upper Deck will no longer be producing sets in the Vs. System for the Marvel and DC Comics properties. While there are a variety of factors that led to this decision, it is important to stress that Upper Deck and the Vs. System R&D team tried their best to find a way of reinvigorating and continuing to produce the game, but ultimately we were unable to make this happen. Vs. System is a game that has been important to Upper Deck, as it was our first foray into a high-level hobby trading card game, and it remains a game of which we are very proud.

 

On a personal level, I am very dedicated to the Vs. System game for a great many reasons. Initially, I began my affair with Vs. System as part of the terrific player community. The fans of this game are among the most staunch and dedicated that I have known in my twenty years of gaming. From writing articles and blogs, to making fan sets, to playing in organized play events, I have seen each fan carve out his or her personal niche in the community, and in doing so, contribute to a whole that is far greater than the sum of its parts. The fervor of the Vs. System community was brought into focus with the “fan-made” Marvel Universe expansion, where I personally saw fans’ passion for this game reaching new heights. Their part in creating what turned out to be one of the best-loved sets for any trading card game is something that you, the fans, have much to be proud of. Even though there are no planned expansions in the immediate future, I hope that the game lives on at your kitchen tables or favorite local hobby store. This is a game that I know I will still be playing in the years to come.

 

But it is not just the fans that make the game great. Many game designers and developers have had a hand in the creation of this terrific game. In particular, I would like to mention Mike Hummel, who played a leading role in the design of the game, and David Humpherys, who has led the development of the game almost from day one. But in addition to these people, there are so many people behind the scenes, such as the artists, graphic designers, product and project managers, editors, writers, and judges that have come together to make such a huge undertaking as Vs. System possible. Their efforts spanning 25 releases, over 4,000 cards, and almost five years can be seen in every single card. I would love to mention each and every individual who has been involved in publishing this game, but it would literally take multiple pages. Know that for our part, Upper Deck is still making great games that the current and future generation of gamers can enjoy!

 

We have all grown with this game, and the experiences we have had making and playing it will last forever. Remember to have fun and play fair!

 

Good games,

Ben Seck

Vs. System Lead Designer

 

Yes, it is true. Upper Deck is no longer producing Vs. System cards. I know in my heart of hearts that our community of players will grab the baton and run with it, so make sure you stay tuned to this station for future announcements about the New Era of fan-based creativity and competition. The game will never die. Of that, I am sure.

 

And yes, it is true. The Florida Marlins released the first sketches of our new Miami party place on the very same day.

 

Onward!

 

 

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Team Mexico Employs Voodoo Doll In Quest For Victory Against United States Soccer Team.

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MEXICO CITY (AP)—Mexican soccer fans are turning to voodoo to beat the United States, with help from an American electronics company.

The teams meet Feb. 11 in Columbus, Ohio, in the first game of the final round of regional qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. Mexico has not beaten the United States on American soil in 10 years.

An advertisement in the sports newspaper Record on Tuesday invited fans to clip coupons and redeem them at their local Radio Shack store for a voodoo-doll likeness of a U.S. player. The hope was that a little black magic might help Mexico break its decade of futility.

“Help end the losing streak so Mexico advances,” the ad read.

An illustration showed a pair of scissors slicing off the leg of a doll in a U.S. jersey that was bruised, crying out in pain, leaking stuffing and stuck with pushpins.

“We imagine a group of young people gathered around the TV supporting Mexico and applying punishments to our rivals so that the team can qualify,” Record said in a statement.

Daniel Paz, marketing manager for the newspaper, told The Associated Press the promotion was a lighthearted attempt to make next month’s rivalry game more enjoyable for fans.

“It’s a toy,” Paz said. “There’s no intention of being anything serious.”

I know two things when it comes to Sports Hexes.  First, you don’t ever telegraph your play. This thing could backfire, big time. Two, those dolls will be worth a pretty penny on ebay.

The game is two weeks away, in Columbus. Should be a hoot.

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Aquaman to be transplanted into Batman’s body.

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On Cartoon Network’s Brave and the Bold this Friday night, Aquaman will be shrunk and inserted into Batman’s bloodstream to fight the poison.

Don’t miss it!

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BYOT Golden Age Tournament Report!

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Wow, what a good time was had by all.

Round One my War Paint was dried up slowly and surely by JediJames and Spider-Man. The five drop neutered my Zazz, and I could not get the BRPD Signal Device on her to stop the lock. We went to turn eight, and all 18 of my Infernal Minions ended up spent. Game Over.

Round Two I smacked the X-Men around quite nicely, burning for 24 on the final spasm with World War III. I love War Paint, and I am so glad I played it. It is my favorite win condition. Ever.

Round Three I got Hulk Smashed BIG TIME. The only round I saw the Hellboy belt, and Zazz didn’t show until turn six. Ouch. The big green lug swung for 34, then readied and swung again for the win. Oh well, I was close enough to grab a slight taste of victory at least. It tasted like splattered War Paint.

I replaced Mantis with Dr. Light, Light Shaper and Shadow Thief to make it legal for BYOT. I dropped Criminal Mastermind for Invasion Plans and busted three of them in one turn. And you know I ran 4 X-Babies Attack! Mad props to my good friend JediJames for hooking a Stu up with the extra commons.

Thanks to Venom B. A. and Action Comics and Games in Clermont. It was mad fun to turn some superheroes sideways again. I can’t wait for the next one.

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Oscar Shocker: Kate Winslet nominated for Best Actress in The Reader.

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I am a bit bewildered. The Academy has nominated Kate Winslet for Best Actress in The Reader, for which she won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. Strange Days have found us, and we need to shift our push to get her the Oscar.

Thanks for your support.

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Flaming Squirrel Starts Blaze, Evacuates School.

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(Photo by Buaha.)

News of the Squirrel, Powerblaze Edition. As reported by KOCO Channel 5 in Oklahoma City:

JONES, Okla. — A squirrel caught fire, sparking a blaze Wednesday morning that resulted in the evacuation of an elementary school in Jones, fire officials said.

Investigators said the squirrel touched two power lines at the same time and fell to the ground near Britton and Hiawassee roads.

That fire burned 5 acres in the Jones area, forcing the evacuation of the elementary school. Those students were taken to Jones High School.

School officials said the students would be kept at the high school for the rest of the day. Parents will be able to pick them up at the normal time, although some parents have already come to the school to pick up kids.

Several trailers burned in the fire. However, there were no known reports of injuries.

Knowing how good those little tree rodents are at running the wires, I have to wonder whether this was intentional. What a way to go. Mad props to the famous flaming squirrel, no matter the motive.

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