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Software engineer and long-time dabbler in mathematics; 11th in the Putnams forever ago but I've long since atrophied.


Jun
7
comment What chance do I have of my foil being a rare or mythic?
Anecdotally, there's roughly 1 foil rare per pack. A few comments on the thread at forums.mtgsalvation.com/showthread.php?t=263332 suggest that mythics are about 1::7 with rares and that the ratio rare:uncommon:common is about 1:3:5, more or less.
Jun
5
comment Implementing a map exploration mechanic cheaply
What do you mean by 'costs associated with producing such a mechanic'? It's hard to imagine a board game whose board or pieces could be printed for very much less than the cardboard components of Carcassonne (meeples are a different matter, of course) and the production values will strongly influence how your game is ultimately perceived.
Jun
4
answered Why do people refer to Blue color as “U” in Magic the Gathering?
May
30
comment Does a player with a recurring action need to remind other players each time it would take affect?
It's important to note that all of these are floor rules - they're not part of the rules of the game, but part of the tournament structure around the game. If these are games you're playing with your nephew, I would encourage you to continually remind him but also to devise some way of making sure that he remembers - for instance, putting a die on top of his library so he can't draw a card without looking around to see if there's anything that would be triggering in his upkeep.
May
29
awarded  Organizer
May
29
revised When entering Tokyo Bay, does the monster in Tokyo City take damage?
edited tags - the game is identified!
May
20
comment Does an exiled Aetherling come back into play untapped?
Note that this is still affected by effects that indicate how permanents enter the battlefield; if your opponent controls a card like Urabrask or Blind Obedience which says that 'creatures [your opponents control] enter the battlefield tapped' then Aetherling will enter play tapped when coming out of exile and not just when played from your hand.
May
6
revised In Axis and Allies, how do you choose which player plays which country?
Formatting and an order fix so the 3-player and 5-player orders match
Apr
24
reviewed Edit suggested edit on In bridge, how can you “see” (locate) most of 52 cards halfway into the play?
Apr
24
revised In bridge, how can you “see” (locate) most of 52 cards halfway into the play?
formatting / readability
Apr
16
comment Does the first spell from Possibility Storm go on the stack before being exiled?
While this looks good overall (I haven't taken a close look yet), one small catch in the first example: Reiterate will also trigger Possibility Storm, unless you happen to find it in your library from casting some other spell in response to Lightning Bolt! Increasing Vengeance (out of the GY) might be a better choice for an example...
Apr
10
awarded  Custodian
Apr
10
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Can somebody continue a road after it has been cut off/separated from its nearest city?
Apr
10
comment After using Act of Treason and Cloudshift, does a creature re-enter the battlefield under my control?
Not true: almost all 'flicker' effects before AVR specifically returned the card to play under its owner's control. Momentary Blink returns the card under its owner's control, as does Flickerwisp, as do Oblivon Ring and Fiend Hunter, as does Obzedat (returning itself to play under its owner's control). Avacyn Restored's flicker mechanics are the exception but definitely not the rule.
Apr
10
comment Can I flicker Aurelia to get more than two attack phases?
This is incorrect on several different levels. Firstly, the additional combat triggers when Aurelia attacks; you can flicker her any time between declaring attackers and end of combat, you don't need to do it with the ability on the stack or any such. Secondly, you can do it during the first combat phase's end-of-combat step (see section 511 in the comprehensive rules), so that Aurelia gets all the way through the first combat phase and is in play in plenty of time to attack during the second combat phase. (You could even do it during the second combat's beginning-of-combat step.)
Mar
31
comment Can I flicker Aurelia to get more than two attack phases?
+1 especially for the note that this doesn't work with Restoration Angel! It's amazing how many people forget that clause. Also, note that the fact that Aurelia untaps all creatures (and not just those that attacked) means it's theoretically possible to go infinite with e.g. a Breeding Pool and a couple of Arbor Elves.
Mar
27
comment Must a player take a jump in checkers?
I think you're mis-reading rule 9. If after the jump you choose there's still another jump available, you do have to take that additional jump - but you don't have to choose the multi-jump move in the first place in preference to some move that only offers a single jump.
Mar
26
comment Types of EDH mana base
Might be worth noting Aven Mindcensor as another search hoser as that's arguably less conditional than Leonin Arbiter and sees a fair bit of play (at least in the groups I've seen).
Mar
20
comment Are Basic Lands (Mana) Block/Set Agnostic?
Nitpickery: (1) Alpha corners aren't square; they're actually more rounded than 'normal' Magic cards. Square corners were used for the collector's edition (and neither is generally tournament-legal). (2) that Japanese Island is from Return to Ravnica, not Kamigawa. :-) Maybe you want to point to an Arabian Nights Mountain (magic.tcgplayer.com/db/…) instead?
Mar
20
answered What are the names for Magic's different colour combinations?