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Judge tips – Characteristic-defining abilities

I want to take some time to talk about a rules concept that seems to confuse me – Characteristic-Defining abilities (CDA). What is a CDA? Well, according to CR 604.3, some static abilities are characteristic-defining abilities. A characteristic-defining ability conveys information about an object’s characteristics that would normally be found elsewhere on that object (such

Top five board games we want to play

There are too many games to play! To that end, here are the top five games we, at The Forge Herald, want to play. 5. Game of Thrones – the board game This game looks absolutely beautiful. The board, the tokens, everything is very well done. What is a little daunting though is the large rule

Hearthstone Update – Eve of ‘Whispers of the Old Gods’

Tomorrow is the day! We get a new set and new formats. I am very happy about this. Quick update, wins for the week are at 253. It has not been a very good week. I was out of town, and off the computer from Thursday until this morning. Somehow I doubt the wins would

Darkest Dungeon-A Review

We don’t do much with video games, but I have been playing one in my free time (what little I have anyways) called Darkest Dungeon. It’s a 2D dungeon crawling expedition made by Red Hook and was gifted to me by a friend of mine, saying “I know you like dungeons and killing things, so

Whispers of the Old Gods release date announced

Blizzard Ent. announced, yesterday, that Whispers of the Old Gods will officially launch on Tuesday, April 26. Whispers of the Old Gods is the latest expansion for the Hearthstone digital card game. The set introduces 134 new cards. With the release of the set comes the creation of formats for Hearthstone. The new formats are

Legendary releases new Warcraft movie trailer

Legendary has released the newest Warcraft movie trailer and we are excited! I can’t wait until this one releases.

Judge tips – Copying part 1

A big part of Magic is copying things. Sometimes we copy spells, sometimes we copy creatures. As a level one judge working towards level two, you need to have a solid grasp on how copying things work. Note: As a level one you should know how copying works, too. You need a better understanding at

Hearthstone update – Alexstrasza, oh how I hate you

Alexstrasza. I think I may have found a card I dislike more than Reno. Without a doubt, I played against more Mage decks this week than any other deck. And it felt like every one of them had Alexstrasza. I really do not like this card. Before we get into my dragon issues, let’s see

Judge tips – Continuous effects

As we continue to explore things on the Level 2 Magic Judge test, we move to Continuous Effects. To learn more about One-Shot Effects, go here. So what is a Continuous Effect? Well, according to the Comprehensive Rules (CR) number 611.1A, a Continuous Effect modifies characteristics of objects, modifies control of objects, or affects players

Speed up Game play

During our campaign, I’ve been experimenting with a few ways to speed up game play so as to have more actual play time vs time spent dealing with goods. Here are a few ways I have found that have worked well so far: Treasure- Anyone who has played Skyrim knows that after taking so many

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