Category Archives: Tiny Treasure Hunts

Comic-Con 2009: Cosplay Costumed Caption Contest and Character Identification Treasure Hunt.


Here’s the deal. We have selected our 12 favorite cosplay costumed characters from Comic-Con 2009. Now it’s up to you. Identify all twelve. Tell us what they are thinking. Win prizes. In exactly 14 days we will choose a winner, and that lucky fool will recieve a custom hand-painted tee shirt glorifying their brilliance. That’s right. The champion gets to wear their winning entry.

You can leave your guesses and captions in the comments, or send them email.  Ready, set, put on the costume, go!












Mad love to greatwhitesnark for the photographs, now get crackin’!


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Tiny Treasure Hunt: Stu’s New Game.


Nina and I have played this game every night for a week.  Seriously, we have.

The person who can answer these questions first wins any three rares in my possession that do not fit in my weenie decks. Ready, set, Unicorn!

1. What is the name of the game?

2. Why is that the perfect opening hand?

3. What characters did Ulysses become to win the game on turn three?

4. What is that on the wall behind the cards?

5. What is that Pandora thing all about?

6. What’s up with the juxtaposed images? It was not done with Photoshop, so how did the Unicorns get on the Pandora screen?

Go get ’em, Zebra.


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Russian Spiderman… and Sentinels?


Big ups to Seventh Soldier for turning us on to some amazing Russian folk art.  The fact that it depicts a few of our favorite superstars in the modern mythological pop culture stew is gravy.

Spiderman gropes!

The robot scene, however, is a mystery.  Could it be the shiny purple Sentinels that warm the cockles of my heart?  A boy can dream…


Hit that Russian madness and see if you can figure out who the legends are.  Then run back here to the blog and translate for me.  I will award my final copy of Parallax to the first person with a full list.  Thanks.


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Tiny Treasure Hunt: Aquaman Edition.


Yep, he’s still wrapped up.  That is a limited edition worth $1,000, with Pony, from this auction:

This Tiny Treasure Hunt is simple, but rather difficult.  The first person to post the existence or non-existence of a low-drop Aquaman from DC Legends on this blog wins good Infinite Crisis rares.  Happy anticipation, I’ll see you back here when someone busts the lucky pack.


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Tiny Treasure Hunt: World Record Edition.


With a few copies of Fatality on the line, answer these:

What is that, how did we win it, why is it a World Record, and what made it so difficult to achieve?


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Tiny Treasure Hunt: Collector’s Edition.


This is the only room in the house that Nina allowed me to decorate all by myself.  Identify as many toys as you can to win money rares from Infinite Crisis.  You can click on the pic for more details.  In twelve days I will announce the winner.


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Tiny Treasure Hunt: Stat Pack.


(Facing off against the Avalanche Rider himself, photo by Craig Gibson)

For each deck, you need to find at least five different things.

  1. Who is credited with “inventing” the deck, and what has happened to them in the meantime?
  2. What is the basic template for the deck? 
  3. What is the best tournament result with the deck, and who played it?
  4. What is the total amount of money won with the deck in the Top 8s of PCs and $10Ks?
  5. Is the deck the most accomplished representative of its primary team affiliation?  If not, which other deck won more with that team affiliation, and what are the answers to #1, #2, and #3 for that deck?

Your target decks: Wild Vomit, AGL, and War Paint.  Of course.


This Tiny Treasure Hunt will be different, much more exhaustive, and I will be the arbiter of all final numbers and answers.  Some of the questions actually lend themselves to expanded interpretation.  Things should get interesting.  All daytime questions need to be addressed here on the blog since I can’t get to Realms from work.  If you need to ask something without the world knowing, drop me a line at:


I will send rares as prizes, and as always… Happy Hunting.



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Tiny Treasure Hunt: The I Can’t Wait Until Monday Edition.


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It took me over.  I wrote up a more difficult challenge, and now I can’t wait to post it.  Some desires simply cannot be denied.  If you were expecting the next one on Monday, I will start another then.  For now the rares are on the line once again.  I think this one might take a while.  Go get ’em!

Someone in the Vs. System community said this:

“True artists don’t to it to be famous/rich.”

Your mission revolves around that quote.

Who said it?
What is his real name?
What is his only claim to fame on the Pro Circuit?
What state does he live in?
What major sporting event is held in that state?
What legendary winner of that sporting event is considered the best of the modern era?
Where can you find the name of that champion on the website that holds the original quote?
What was my response to the comparison of that champion and Paul Sung’s crotch?
What was my version of the “True artists” quote?


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How to Become a Tiny Treasure Hunt Star: Inside the Champions’ Minds.


(banner for one of my old articles by Geordie Tait)

Ra’s Al Cool and JetMan07 were was gracious enough to write up some sweet rundowns of their victories to help me increase the difficulty level of these things. If you want to wade through the surf-thought processes of our Tiny Treasure Hunt Kings, click on this post’s comments.


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Tiny Treasure Hunt: Torch Edition.


(Human Torch, Nova Blast by Skottie Young from Upper Deck’s Vs. System)

Here is your task.

1. Who has the screenname “Torch” in the Vs. System community?

2. What did he win before anyone else?

3.  What famous person does he look like?

4.  How did he break my heart in a tournament?

5.  What was his most competitive finish?

6.  What is his wife’s name?

The winner will be choosing rares again, maybe even Pro Circuit EAs this time.  Have fun!


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Tiny Treasure Hunt.

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(UPDATE: The treasures have been found, especially the load of mad fun we had.  I will start another one soon.)

Here’s the deal.  Find the following text, tell me the date it was written, and add the quote about the Kentucky Derby winners – with the meaning of the team initials “COWTIT”, and their connection to the Kentucky Derby winner quote.  The winner recieves a rare of their choice from Marvel Legends, besides Mobilize obv. 

Here is the text you are looking for, good luck:

1. Rian Fike is a performance artist. This is one of the most fascinating and satisfying mediums that he has ever mastered. An artist rarely has such a rabid captive audience. The feedback is immediate and passionate. The potential for personal creative power and manipulation of other humans is addictive and nearly unparalleled in the other environments that Rian has chosen to practice his craft. The gallery/performance space that VsRealms provides has allowed him to create a persona that cannot be denied as a thought-provoking, entertaining, and enjoyable addition to hundreds of lives across the globe. Especially his own.

2. This game makes my childhood fantasies come true. I am a nerd. I adore collecting trading cards. I get a special tickle in my throat when I think about superheroes and supervillains. I get tremendous physical pleasure from artistic renditions of my favorite characters. Good paintings of bad girls turn me on. Getting to explore a whole handful of females in spandex that I had never heard of every three months? It doesn’t get any better than that.

3. The Vs. System community is real. We are real people participating in real-time interactions with real cards on real tables in real cities. I have hundreds of real friends that I would have never had without this game. My wife and I are urban hermits. Vs. System got me out of the cave.

4. My day job could be boring. Personally, I am never bored. Never have been, never will be. I used to paint and draw and sculpt and play multi-player Magic the Gathering along with my students. Then Vs. System came along. Then I discovered Vs. Realms. Two and a half years later, this is still my favorite way to kill time on the job.

5. Working for UDE every Monday on Metagame is simply the ultimate second job. Keeping my fingers all over the forums helps me follow the currents of the game as it ebbs and flows and branches into new territory that trading card games have never seen before. The response to my articles has been phenomenal, and it ices my cake weekly. I would be half the writer I am without all the gabbing we do here on the boards. You are a big part of my success, and I love sharing the spotlight with as many of you as I can.

So thanks again. For the roast, the eulogy, and the continued attempts to kill stubarnes with flaming hate. Each year gets better, and this last one was the best of my entire life.




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