mtg braille

Today in, “Well this is awesome!”, we have a young Magic:The Gathering player by the name of Richard who plays competitively despite being blind.

If you’ve played MTG, you know that you don’t want your opponent to know what cards you have until you play them. Obviously, having the cards read to him during the game would give his opponents an advantage so he gets around the problem by using a brailler.

To prepare for a tournament, Richard has a friend go through his cards with him to sort out which cards he does and doesn’t want to use for the game. Any time he adds cards to his deck, he types the card information onto a card sleeve in Braille and then places the card inside. This way, he doesn’t ruin his cards and he still has a deck that can be used for tournament play.

There’s more to this story, as told by MTG judge Imogen, who was kind enough to post comments with the pictures. It provides interesting insight into how MTG players with impaired vision are able to play within the rules and avoid potential problems.

You can check that out after the break.

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Towering above most other action figures stands this mighty 12″ Cthulhu, ready to destroy all earthy creatures in its path. The Great Old One from Warpo is completely posable and ready for soul consumption.

Warpo has also created two retro style commercials to highlight toy Cthulhu’s awesome action capabilities. Check them out after the break.

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dbz animation

The upcoming DBZ Tribute movie may not be official, but it looks like the quality level will be extremely high.

The CG film has brought together a ton of amazing artists including Javier Zumaeta, who has worked on PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and Bruno Camara, who has worked on Ryse: Son of Rome. Though the video is still in production, you can check out some amazing stills and teaser trailers after the break.

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If you’re stoked on Metal Gear Solid V, then you’ll probably dig this new Venom Snake figure from Union Creative. It features 27 points of articulation and comes with a whole mess of cool accessories including a knife, a phantom cigar (always a must!), a sniper rifle, a papercraft box (for sneaking) and six optional hands. The $65 price tag is a bit steep ($95 will get you the figure before January apparently), but hey—six hands!

Check out some more pics after the break…

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cats vs zombies

Who needs The Walking Dead or Fear The Walking Dead or Be Mildly Creeped Out By The Walking Dead when you have highly trained cats taking on zombies?

Check out the video after the break…

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golden girls deadpool

This past Monday marked the 30th anniversary of the first episode of The Golden Girls. Why is this not a national holiday?

Thankfully, Deadpool was there to mark this momentous occasion. It got weird.

Check out the tweets after the break…

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The Napmobile Is Pure Genius

9 Super Powers of New Moms

Start-up mattress company Casper is quickly gaining recognition with a brilliant marketing stunt that involves letting weary-eyed folks take a snooze in their traveling Napmobile. This modified trailer boasts four compact sleep pods featuring shaded windows, plush pillows, and a phone to hear bedtime stories.

I’ll bet you’re wishing really hard that this thing would pull into your office parking lot right now.

Their official Nap Tour (I’m going to be a mattress groupie) is traveling the East Coast offering free naps, stopping in seven cities from Boston to Miami. Check out more images of the dream machine on wheels after the break.

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Bring Benny Home

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Clearly, Chris Miller of The LEGO Movie is pretty excited about The Martian. Check out his tweets after the break…

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Does this underground garage look familiar?

The massive residential renovation project was appropriately dubbed “The Wayne Residence” as the design was inspired by Bruce Wayne’s lair in The Dark Knight.

In order to maintain the integrity of the mansion and surrounding landscape, Australia-based architecture firm Molecule created an underground garage that looks just like the movie set. A hydraulic ramp hidden near the tennis court is used to access the garage while a gorgeous glass ceiling staircase connects to the historic building. On their site, Molecule describes the inspiration for the project:

“The secrecy of the underground world introduced notions of an architectural alter-ego, an alternative character that could offer the project its modern-day relevance. The indelible image of Bruce Wayne’s garage in The Dark Knight became a totem of the design approach, sponsoring the Batman-inspired naming of the project as the Wayne Residence.”

The underground lair also conceals a 12-seat theater that’s perfect for entertaining fellow superheroes. Check out more images of Batman’s pad after the break.

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art of war chess

Designers Craig Turley and George Barnes of Studioqubed have combined both modern and old techniques to create the Throne of Kings: The Art of War chess set. They start by digitally sculpting each chess piece and then 3D printing them. Master molds are created from those sculptures and then cast in bronze using the ancient process of lost-wax casting.

In addition, the board itself is hand crafted using walnut and birdseye maple and comes in two sizes: 18″ square standard and 11″ square travel size.

It’s the kind of thing a medieval fantasy fan will be able to enjoy for a lifetime.

Check out more pics and the project video after the break…

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