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Regarding collectors / players: all I have to say is "Magic: the Gathering".

Every player is also implicitly a collector if they own the cards they play with. Cards are scarce resources with utility and an insane aftermarket / secondary market value.

Players are screwed bevause although You may not be interested or care about collecting (I once bought Italian-language Mana Drains because they were $20 cheaper and still tournament legal), but you must still compete in the same micro economy with people who do want to collect.

Collectors are screwed because the statistical rarity of an individual card gets inflated heavily if that card has a particular utility in the playing environment. (The 3 cards you need to complete your set of Legends all cost 100-200 apiece because the rarity is inflated by players that need 4 copies each of them).

Well played, WotC.
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I think that the etymology of "man" / "men" is the Germanic roots of English. In Swedish, (EN) "man" is just (SV) "man", but (EN) "men" is (SV) "män" -- the "ä" is pronounced in the same way as the short-e sound in "men".

Many of those oddities are the germanic roots, which were a conglomeration of many different dialects and irregularities.
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I've always kind of had this inkling of an idea, just jokingly, that the 24 Hour News conglomerate (let's be real -- there's some obligatory synergism between them, right? None of them are going to buck the system because it's profitable for all of them if they maintain the status quo) is like a horror genre... But I had never really considered the specifics of WHY. Very fascinating and entertaining as always.
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I disagree with Sean a little on this. 

What he's describing is really more like Combo-Control -- you hold the line until you can massively unload on your opponent and Just Win. 

The control archetype is all about establishing board control through overwhelming card advantage -- the three strategies he talks about ARE typically HOW you get to that point, but the finisher need not be big -- with a proper control deck you can finish the game with a Chimmney Imp or Prodigal Sorcerer (Vulshok Sorcerer? Whatever they call it now). 

While I admit it may be a bit more of an "advanced" control topic, I think it is worth saying that it's a rookie's mistake to think you have to counter or remove EVERYTHING... you only have to counter or remove something that you do not have an answer for later; life total can be used to "pay" for additional turns, and it's not uncommon to get down to single-digit (even low single-digit) life totals before getting board control.

THAT SAID:

Please, more videos like this.
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You would play Chimney Imp in a control deck? I'd rather play Elspeth, Sun's Champion personally. Maybe that's just me.
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Modern US Capitalism has deviated heavily from real capitalism because of the heavy usage of corporate subsidies and tax credits. (Consider fossil fuel subsidies, for example -- if solar energy received subsidies that large, for example, solar power would be cheaper than oil and autos could be battery driven instead of oil driven)

I often hear pro-capitalist talking heads profess their love for laissez-faire economics, and yet they always seem to turn a blind eye to subsidies, tax deferments, deductions & credits, etc. 

Not to mention that there is a strong under current (at least in America) of "pull the ladder up behind you once you get in the treehouse." In a true capitalist economy, you would not have the absurd copyright terms that Disney enjoys, the healthcare and telecomm companies would not be so entrenched, and patent laws would be more sensible so that Microsoft would not make more money from patent royalties that it PURCHASED (and that dubiously cover Android features) than on the products they themselves have developed.

If they want capitalism, then let's give them capitalism. But that's not what we have today.
  HRH Richard recently posted a link to an article about Distributism as an example of the uphill battle we face merely to undo the misconceptions others hold about the very core concepts of Distributism. The author of the pi...
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Also as Richard Wolff points out, we have never had that kind of laissez faire capitalism. It won't happen because of the tendency of capitalism to create monopolies and therefore unequal political power. The tea party is hoping for something that is an impossible fantasy. 
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+1 for IdeaPeople -- I would really like to see that!
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One strategy I found that works, prior to when you start getting kickbacks for detaining people, is that you just instantly decline anyone who has mismatched documents -- don't bother interrogating or anything; just red-stamp them and give back their paperwork, then start spamming the "next" button. The first week, I can process about 10-12 people per day with this. Even when you scan them -- don't bother wasting time highlighting the contraband and rulebook discrepancy -- just reject them immediately.

I also alternate not paying for food and heat to build up my savings. 
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+Cinemassacre The turbo tunnel jumps: you have to keep your speeder bike flush with the bottom of the screen prior to jumping -- just press all the way down until you can't go down anymore (BEFORE the jump), and then when you jump, only use left and right to move in the air. You'll make every jump.
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What were the parameters for the setup? Were roles fixed, or chosen by players, and how many Epidemics were used?
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+1 for the Alice in Chains & Guns n Roses covers. KoRn too.

Something about this didn't feel quite the same as the others, even the styles that were re-used (Queen, Michael Jackson) -- it felt like staying truer to the original was holding back fully embracing the alternate style parodying? 

Still glad I heard it though -- well done. :) 
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We actually have a live Axolotl at our local Sciencenter -- Like, 2 weeks after they got it, the species was labeled endangered. :(
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I'm a web developer / science enthusiast in upstate Yoo Nork.

I like Tanqueray, Game [Design|Analysis|-ing], Organic Chemistry, Ruby on Rails and long walks on the beach (Order of preference depending on time of day).

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    Chemistry & Informatics, 2009
  • IvyTech State College
    Accounting, 2005
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  • East Stroudsburg University
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