Monthly Archives August 2010

Another piece of Scars of Mirrodin: Wurmcoil Engine

Wurmcoil Engine 6
Artifact Creature – Wurm
Deathtouch, lifelink
When Wurmcoil Engine is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, put a 3/3 artifact wurm token with deathtouch, and a 3/3  artifact wurm token with lifelink onto the battlefield.

This is the prerelease card for the Scars of Mirrodin release events (or is there a second one for the Mirrodin side?). It reminds me a lot of the Penumbra series of creatures, only a lot better. I guess Phyrexia did learn some stuff after the invasion afterall.

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Baker’s Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chocolate Cupcakes

Just like how every mage has a favorite spell and every warrior has an epic weapon, each baker has a signature dish. For me, my favorite dessert is actually a combination of several with an end result that is beyond delicious. It combines cookie dough with chocolate cupcakes for an epic cupcake that’s sure to astound.

Proceed with caution, for once someone tastes this delectable dessert, they will constantly bombard you with requests for another batch. Also, with this recipe you may end up with some extra cookie dough. You can simply freeze it and use it for later! Beware that this is a time intensive process, since the cookie dough must be made the day before and frozen over night. Unless you have some sort of pact with frostlings.

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Week Two of Scars of Mirrodin Spoilers: Proliferate!

The deck lists of Tezzert versus Elspeth just got posted today by Wizards but two cards were kept a mystery – Contagion Clasp and Kembra’s Skyguard! Luckily, someone over at MTG Salvation managed to get scans of the cards! And here they are:

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Top Chef DC Recap: Balls, Bats and Back Story

Last night’s 11th episode of Top Chef DC had it all – yelling, foam, guys wearing dresses, doppelgangers and horribly awkward idioms! To top it off, I think we just hit the point in the season where I forget who some of the chef’testants were. Watching the intro just left me going “her?”

But the pressure is really on now. How else can you explain Ed wearing Tiffany’s dress (those things should really be bind on equip) or Angelo admitting that he had made a shrine to various chefs and would pray them. The more we learn about Angelo, the weirder it all gets.

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Mixologist’s Recipe: Butterbeer

I just got back from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida and two things immediately struck me: I still want to be a wizard and Butterbeer is exceptionally delicious. Between feasting on a turkey leg the size of my forearm at Three Broomsticks and battling dementors underneath Hogwarts, I worked up quite a thirst and repeatedly refilled my goblet with the frothy, delicious concoction known as Butterbeer.

But there were two things missing from it: alcohol and the ability to get it outside of Universal Studios. Like my original Harry Potter Sorting Shots, I managed to make a delicious version that also has a bit of a kick to it.

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Review: The Frying Pan, New York City

The Frying Pan (NYC)

New York City boasts an almost dizzying number of bars. Some upscale, some dingy dive bars, and the rest somewhere in-between. You could form a pub crawl every night for weeks and never end up in the same place. Even with such a volume of choices many of them feel like the same place, just with a different coat of paint and rotating happy hour specials. That’s not to say that there aren’t unique bar experiences in the Big Apple, you just need to look in places you wouldn’t normally.

Like on a boat. (I’m on a boat! I’m on a boat!)

Is that something you might be interested in? (I’m on a boat!)

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Mixologist Recipe: Dueling Sangrias

The harsh mid-day sun scorches across your back as you stumble into a weathered tavern on the outskirts of the Talenta Plains. Weakly you slide into a corner booth and plopping a few coins on the table motion for the barkeep. He saunters over barely taking notice of your condition, sweeps the coins into a pocket and deposits two large jugs on the table, along with a few mugs. Gazing into the first you notice a deep crimson liquid with chunks of exotic of fruit floating about. The second is a more mellow golden draught and as you inhale the scent of citrus tickles your nose.

Sangria is an alcoholic punch originating in Spain. It is characterized by one or more kinds of alcohol (typically wine is the base) mixed with various fruits and served chilled. It is often associated with the summer months as a cool refresher to the harsh heat, but is a festive drink that can be served for all occasions. While many recipes utilize red wine as the primary ingredient, below are recipes for both a classic red and a white wine sangria. They both take an Italian spin by using Prosecco, which is an Italian sparkling wine. Champagne or other sparkling wines could be substituted. While both are superb, particular flavors will pair better or worse with different foods, so take note of your menu before choosing. If no food is involved then simply take your pick, or roll a d20 and let fate decide.

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D&D One Hour Review: Psionic Power

Hey again! So, the other D&D product I was excited for this month, besides the Dark Sun products, was Psionic Power. This product is obviously released in conjunction with Dark Sun since that setting relies so heavily on psionics and DMs and players alike are probably as primed as ever for more material for the power source. In the Dark Sun Campaign Setting it is explained that “All living creatures on Athas have some minor ability to affect the world with their minds. Most folk fail to tap into these abilities, experiencing deja vu or random flashes of insight at best.” Obviously, psionics is different and intrinsic to Athas so “dressing up” magical fantasy elements as psionics is less than ideal. This is why there is a new battlemind build in the Dark Sun Campaign Setting and the wild talent optional system but there could be more.

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Top Chef DC Recap: The Bane of the Blind Boxes

After the unexpected slaying of Kenny in last week’s episode, the chef’testants were noticeably tense this time around on Top Chef DC. It suddenly dawned on them they no one is safe and sometimes the dice rolls just aren’t in your favor. Amazingly enough, Angelo seemed the most disturbed by the absence of Kenny than anyone else.

The Quickfire was watched over by the mad alchemist Wylie Dufresne of wd~50. Best known for his skills as a molecular gastronomist, Wylie also has unique insight and is a great judge for Top Chef because he was on Top Chef Masters and knows what it’s like to be on the other side.

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Scars of Mirrodin Spoilers

Well, Magic 2011 just came out which means it’s time for spoilers for the next set: Scars of Mirrodin! Returning to Mirrodin, the plane created by Karn after he merged with Urza because of the events of the Phyrexian invasion of Dominaria, we don’t know anything about this set. Well, almost anything. In the last few days, a bunch of stuff has come out. Like the first actual spoiler!

First up is the “Buy-A-Box” promo: Memoricide! It’s just Cranial Extraction without the Arcane subtype, which isn’t really a loss.

But that’s not the only thing that’s shown up…

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