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DemonDragonJ on The Mummy (1999): the 25th …

6 days ago

This year is the 25th anniversary of the 1999 version of The Mummy, an action-adventure film by Universal Pictures, which some may regard as a spiritual successor to their 1932 film of the same name, as the movies do share a number of similarities, such as being set in Egypt during the 1920's, characters awakening an ancient mummy from the dead, and the lead female character being the reincarnation of the villain's former lover (or needing to be sacrificed to revive said lover), but the two films are radically different in tone, which is understandable, as they were made over sixty years apart, so I believe that the newer films should be regarded as its own entity and not seen as having any connection to the earlier film, apart from its name.

The movie clearly takes inspiration from the original Indiana Jones trilogy, which itself was inspired by action-adventure films of the 1930's and 40's, as it features a group of intrepid explorers discovering ancient treasure and then unleashing dark forces beyond their comprehension, and, as such, I certainly enjoyed watching it, and I can hardly believe that it is now a quarter of a century old, as that certainly makes me feel old.

The movie is fun and action-packed, but I do feel that still devotes sufficient time to developing its characters and ensuring that its plot is reasonably well-developed and entertaining, and it was sufficiently popular that Universal studios produced two sequels and a series of spin-off films, although I personally feel that none of the following movies matched the original, as is so often the case with movie franchises.

How does everyone else here feel about this year being the 25th anniversary of The Mummy? Are you excited about it?

DemonDragonJ on What Does Bloomburrow Offer that …

1 week ago

It seems that many players are excited about Bloomburrow, but I am not certain why that is, since sentient beings that resemble anthropomorphic non-human animals, such as leonin, ainok, and viashino, have been part of this game for many years now, so I wonder what Bloomburrow offers that the game has not already had; is it the fact that the plane of Bloomburrow is inhabited only by anthropomorphic animals, and no humanoids?

What does everyone else say about this? Why are some players so excited for Bloomburow?

DemonDragonJ on Will Someone Please Explain this …

1 week ago

In this post on Mark Rosewater's Tumblr page, a user made a reference to something, and Rosewater said "hats off to anyone who gets the reference," so what is that reference? Does anyone here know what that user was referencing?

DemonDragonJ on Diabolic Revelation or Rune-Scarred Demon?

2 weeks ago

I have a copy of Diabolic Revelation in my Sen Triplets EDH deck, although I am considering replacing it with a copy of Rune-Scarred Demon, since I like having a powerful 6/6 creature with flying, which I could potentially summon repeatedly, to use its ability multiple times.

What does everyone else say about this? Should I replace Diabolic Revelation with Rune-Scarred Demon, or keep the sorcery in that deck?

DemonDragonJ on Creative Destruction

2 weeks ago

Here is an idea for a card that I had, and that I wished to share with everyone else:

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I originally had planned for this spell to cost , but I then decided that a powerful effect such as this should force the player to commit heavily to a red/blue deck, and I also had originally decided that a card with a powerful effect such as this should be a sorcery, but I then decided that it could be an instant with such a color-intensive cost.

I also do understand that this card's name implies that it should generate a token, rather than drawing cards, but this was the first name that I conceived, and I did not wish to waste time attempting to imagine a new name for the card, so I have chosen this name. What does everyone else think about this card?

DemonDragonJ on Secret Lair: Sans Mercy

2 weeks ago

I have not started a thread about a Secret Lair product in quite some time, since WotC has been printing so many of those that I feel it is foolish to make a thread for each one, but their newest Secret Lair is so ridiculous that I felt that I needed to make a thread about it.

The newest Secret Lair (at the time of this post) is Sans Mercy, and the cards in it have awesome artwork, but they are ruined by the ridiculous font; why would WotC do a thing such as that? What were they thinking when they designed those cards? What does everyone else say about this new Secret Lair product?

DemonDragonJ on Are Free Spells Becoming Too …

3 weeks ago

In the early days of the game, spells that could be cast for no mana were supposed to be a desperate last resort by incurring a cost other than mana, but, in recent years, free spells have become very powerful, such as the free spells from Ikoria Commander (most notably Deflecting Swat and Fierce Guardianship) and the flare cycle from the upcoming Modern Horizons 3, so I wonder if free spells are becoming too powerful.

What does everyone else say about this? Are free spells becoming too powerful?

As a side note, I severely dislike that the flare cycle requires sacrifice of a non-token creature, as not all colors excel at creature recursion.