Power and Toughness—The Return of BR Zombies at TCG Player Spring States

My alarm, a Tibetan singing bowl app on my iPhone, went off not as peacefully as you’d imagine, at 8am. I shit, shower, shave, and head out on my bike towards Kings Games for the TCG Spring States tournament. It’s got a 3x multiplier and, though people are really, really down on Kings, where I … Continue reading

What We Learned—Premiere Play Season Primer (May 6)

Hello reader! What We Learned is a weekly feature here at Hipsters of the Coast written by former amateur Magic Player Rich Stein, who came really close to making day two of a Grand Prix on several occasions. The goal is to take some of the events and articles polluting the Magic world, strip out the … Continue reading

Arting Around—The Blur of Dragon’s Maze

It’s sometimes a struggle to come up with content for Arting Around. I tire of  “this art’s good, this art’s bad” judgments of taste. I’ve taken to altering my cards with Sharpie markers to indicate my criticism as clearly as I can. Perhaps this will be the subject of a future article. After viewing the … Continue reading

Power and Toughness—I Tried a Bunch of Decks in Standard and It Was Fun

Another unrelenting Internet outage at my apartment has me writing to you on my phone, posting just a few hours before this article goes live, and generally being sloppy. But, hey, I turned 73 years old this weekend, so cut me some slack. (Ed.’s note: Happy birthday, Matt!) I didn’t go to the PTQ in Connecticut … Continue reading

What We Learned—Take Five Turns (April 15)

Hello reader! What We Learned is a weekly feature here at Hipsters of the Coast written by former amateur Magic Player Rich Stein, who came really close to making day two of a Grand Prix on several occasions. The goal is to take some of the events and articles polluting the Magic world, strip out … Continue reading

Arting Around—Render Silent and Advent of the Wurm

There was a twelve year-old boy who played baseball, wore through a VHS tape of Ghostbusters, collected trading cards, and had just gotten into comic book art. He drew all the time. At some point baseball cards stopped making sense to him. They seemed kind of like a scam and didn’t *do* anything. Once bought … Continue reading

Arting Around—Email Interview With Chris Rahn

Since interviewing RK Post at Grand Prix Atlantic City I’ve been trying to contact and engage other Magic: The Gathering artists in dialogue about life, fantasy games, and their work. I’ve reached out to several artists and Chris Rahn is the first to respond consistently. He’s the the hand and visual mind behind Corpsejack Menace, … Continue reading

Power and Toughness—#GPPITT

This thing could easily stretch to 10,000 words so I’m gonna let photographs do a significant portion of the talking. Some of the Hipsters had a testing group going for a couple of weeks leading up to Grand Prix Pittsburgh. Hunter writes brilliantly about it here. I bought a box of Gatecrash, fucking up my … Continue reading

What We Learned—Theros and the Future of Magic (March 25)

Hello reader! What We Learned is a weekly feature here at Hipsters of the Coast written by former amateur Magic Player Rich Stein, who came really close to making day two of a Grand Prix on several occasions. The goal is to take some of the events and articles polluting the Magic world, strip out … Continue reading

What We Learned—PTQ Attendance Challenges (March 3)

Hello reader! What We Learned is a weekly feature here at Hipsters of the Coast. The goal is to take some of the events and articles polluting the Magic world, strip out the chaff (tournament reports, game theory, economics) and give you our superior opinion. Complaints are encouraged. Last week we spoke at length about … Continue reading