Team Tarantula MtG Tribute Cards

 

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While few would deny that running two game stores is hard work, here at the Hairy Tarantula we still like to find time to have a little fun with our jobs. Additionally, as Magic the Gathering has grown, the game itself has become a larger and larger part of our lives here at the shop. Combine these two facts with one easily-distracted web manager and you get  – Team Tarantula MtG Tribute Cards!

Below you’ll find an image gallery of custom made Magic the Gathering cards, designed as a tribute to friends of the shop – past and present. Naturally, these creations are not meant for actual MtG play and under no circumstances can you buy them. We’re just having a spot of fun with our friends:

Team Tarantula Tribute Cards – Series 1

 

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Team Tarantula Tribute Cards – Series 2

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As of this moment, all of the cards in the above galleries were made using the free application at MtGCardsmith.com. The Hairy Tarantula is in no way affiliated with this app but our web lady sure does love to play with it. Assuming MtGCardsmith remains online, she’s hoping to add more cards over time. Thanks for checking out our gallery and remember folks – the game belongs to you, someone else just makes the cards.

– Team Tarantula

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A Fork in the Road

To be completely honest with you, I should start by saying that I don’t know who you are. Sure, there was a time when I could safely assume that anyone reading this was a Caucasian, heterosexual male, somewhere between the ages of thirteen and forty years old. You’d also likely be an atheist, although you might be Christian or Jewish; if so, you won’t discuss it much. I could have guessed that you worked in the tech industry or perhaps the sciences. Indeed for much of the past thirty years I probably could go so far as to pick out your favorite movie (Star Wars), your favorite TV show (Doctor Who), your sense of fashion (printed T-shirts and ill-fitting casual slacks) and even what you’d be doing on a Saturday night (playing Dungeons and Dragons if you’re my age, playing World of Warcraft online if you’re a few years younger). Whether you were a nerd, a dweeb, a geek, a dork, a gamer or just the lonely kid who never quite seemed to fit in anywhere until he joined the chess club, it was pretty easy to identify you (and me) amongst a crowd of so-called “normal” people. This uniformity then combined with a sense of marginalization and alienation to bind us together and create a true feeling of unity and brotherhood amongst our fellow nerds. We may have been on the outside of mainstream culture, but sharing a community with other outcasts allowed us to stop caring about a society that had rejected us. Instead of “looking in” we started to “tune out” this culture and focus on making our own, beautiful mark on the world around us.

© Yuki Kodama, Shogakukan/KIDS ON THE SLOPE committee

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