Magic: the Gathering is a Difficult Game
In an effort to expand on past discussion about what makes a particular cube “hard” or “easy” to play, Andy and Anthony are dedicating an entire episode to unpacking what exactly makes Magic a difficult game. After being pressed by Andy to define seemingly simple terms, Anthony expounds upon his concepts of a “competency floor”, “mastery ceiling”, and overall “exertion”, and how each of these factors makes the game difficult in a different way.
Discussed in this episode:
- Best hangman words
- Terraforming Mars
- An Introduction to the Degenerate Micro Cube
- Drive to Work on Tic Tac Toe
- The 1863 World Checkers Championships, which ended in 40 consecutive draws, 21 of which were the exact same game
- Limited Resources Episode 560: Paper Magic at Home with Brian David Marshall
- Anthony’s appearance on the Riptide Lab Podcast
- Baltimore Salt Boxes
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Musical production by DJ James Nasty.