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May
6
comment What happens if a creature has no toughness defined?
Exactly. The comp rules as written are not clear that this is correct. I'm sure you're right that a judge would rule in this way in a hypothetical scenario, or if they needed to fix this gap in the rules they'd fix it this way, but it's really misleading to claim that they actually say so already.
May
6
comment What happens if a creature has no toughness defined?
@JRaccoon Now, if there actually were cards that removed abilities without setting power/toughness, I'm sure that they would fix the rules such that the asterisk was 0 as you've said, and it wouldn't be a hard fix to make. But the rules as written don't actually say "here's how you figure out what value an asterisk has". They talk about how the ability works.
May
6
comment What happens if a creature has no toughness defined?
@JRaccoon The rule you've quoted was discussed on the other question too. The issue is that the rule is explaining how the ability containing the asterisk works. But we're talking about a situation where the ability has been removed. 208.2a is talking about how a certain kind of ability functions... but now there is no such ability, so 208.2a doesn't apply any more than it applies to your Grizzly Bears that never had an ability like that in the first place.
May
2
comment Which effect triggers first in MTG: Mage Slayer or Mystifying Maze
@Pablo Right, of course. All you need is 701.10b, specifically for "fight".
May
2
comment What happens if a creature has no toughness defined?
@ghoppe Ah, that's the name, thanks! I thought there was something old and black and scary, and somehow couldn't come up with it, despite the recent reprints.
May
2
comment What happens if a creature has no toughness defined?
I'm not super good at old cards, and I don't know how to search on Gatherer for an asterisk in power/toughness - were there any of those guys early on? I'm sure the current rules were written with the knowledge that this can't happen, but I'm not as sure about the early lose-abilities card designs. (Humility isn't exactly a poster child for avoiding nasty rules interactions...)
May
2
comment What happens if a creature has no toughness defined?
@ghoppe I think we all agree that you can't determine the value of the asterisk. But with the ability removed, 208.2a can't apply - there's no ability for it to apply to - so it seems that there's nothing here to determine what the asterisk means. So is there another rule that explains how to determine the value of a placeholder like the asterisk when there's no ability?
Apr
27
comment How many is “A bunch”?
Oh okay, right. Maybe you can figure out how to ask them so casually that they'll say "a million" and hand it to you!
Apr
27
comment How many is “A bunch”?
Just out of curiosity, why are you really interested in the number? Surely no one is going to say, okay, I'll make exactly enough to take you down to zero, and you don't have a way to kill 500 tokens that won't kill all of them, do you?
Apr
27
comment Open source programming toolkits for modeling table top games
Hm, so... you'd need at least a rudimentary AI to play the game, in order to simulate it well enough to measure balance and play time? Or you want to just record data about what the human playtesters do with it? I'm not sure it exists either way, but...
Apr
27
comment Open source programming toolkits for modeling table top games
Are you talking about making a computer playtesting version for people to play? Have you seen Vassal?
Apr
25
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Apr
25
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Apr
24
comment Is there any interaction between hypothetical continuous effects?
@Rusher Yup, similar to the "as though" rule, edited in. I do think, though, that the OP was originallyunsure exactly what situation "can be blocked" referred to - is it just the blocking decision itself, or is it the entire state of the game while you're making that decision?
Apr
24
revised Is there any interaction between hypothetical continuous effects?
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Apr
24
comment Game for a blind person
Oops, apparently the OP doesn't know braille, so I guess it doesn't really matter for this question.
Apr
24
comment Game for a blind person
@alex Aha, that really does change it, thanks for the edit. A lot of what I said was based on my experience with a friend who's been blind since birth.
Apr
24
comment Game for a blind person
I wonder if we could make some more constructive questions out of this. We all do really want to help, but this really is a bit open-ended; there are a lot of games which can be made suitable with some level of modification. (Any card game without too much on the table works, for example.) Perhaps more useful questions: how do you look at a game and decide whether it'll work? What's the best way to mark cards? What about simple tiles? (I think especially with the broad question, since we're probably all sighted, we're prone to making unnecessary assumptions.)
Apr
24
comment Game for a blind person
You don't have you braille the cards directly. You can use labels.
Apr
24
comment Game for a blind person
@Joe Most games normally require sight, sure, but you might be surprised how many could be converted not to need it with a bit of marking and a little help from sighted players.