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Friday, September 16, 2005

Katrina: The Gathering (game cards parody of stupid politicians)


How did you make all these cards?

A healthy dose of snark, and a spiffy Java program called MtG Editor.

I want to play these for real! You guys should print these and sell them!

Well, you see, it’s all fun and games until someone makes a buck. Wizards of the Coast owns Magic: The Gathering and would probably have a thing or two to say about any unauthorized expansions. Take the money you’d spend on these cards and just give it to the Red Cross, they still need it.

Hey, [insert rules lawyer question here].

Ubiq is the only one who was really that concerned with making these cards actually playable. I think he has visions of a white weenie deck led by the unholy union of Rush Limbaugh and Barbara Bush. So the cards Lum added are no doubt horribly broken. However, since you can’t actually buy these cards (see above question) that shouldn’t be a major issue.

What do you guys do in real life?

We both write blogs. Ubiq writes Zen of Design and Lum writes Broken Toys. The real people behind those alter egos work at massively multiplayer game companies - Lum’s a programmer for Dark Age of Camelot and Ubiq is a designer at Ubisoft who won’t tell Lum what he’s working on.

I’m really offended by your political bias.

That’s amusing, since Ubiq is a tree-hugging hippie and Lum is a jack-booted fascist.

I’ve got great ideas for cards!

Cool. I recommend playing with MtG Editor, it’s quirky but really easy to use. However we’re not adding reader submissions to Katrina: The Gathering. It’s hard enough keeping two people’s work in sync, thanks. (Although Lum suggested using version control last night. He was only half joking.)

Nice. Collect the whole set! (more at link below)



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