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Post by TheSundry » Mon Dec 25, 2006 7:14 pm

First of all, does anyone know why WotC dropped the terms "bury" and "islandhome" from cards? It seems that having a single word to describe something is prefereable (like invinting "Vigilance" for not tapping when attacking, for instance). I was just wondering if there was ever any official reason given for getting rid of useful terms.

Secondly, and sort of on the same topic...I would like to elicit comments on a "Magic Abilities" page I've put together on my site. Is it useful? Is it understandable? Am I missing anything? You can check it out at http://www.donsmagicandsundry.com/resou ... lities.php. I'd appreciate any and all feedback. Thanks in advance!

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Post by Ralph Herold » Mon Dec 25, 2006 8:04 pm

First question

WotC has taken position about this officially:

bury
http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=mtgcom/daily/mr222
http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=mt ... zards/0202

islandhome
http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=mt ... zards/1006

I think they did the right thing to get rid of both terms.

Second question

Two quick suggestions:

1. Add the official reminder text. People who want to learn about keywords first want to know what they do before learning about intricacies.

2. Add more depth by summarizing all the official explanations and commentaries. Good sources are Saturday School, the official Expansion FAQs, Oracle, and the Comprehensive Rules.

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Post by TheSundry » Mon Dec 25, 2006 8:37 pm

Thanks for the lead on the explanations for the two terms' demise. I figured there was a good reason - I just didn't know what it was!

And thanks for the feedback. When I get more free time I will consider adding depth to the page.

The whole idea started with my eBay store. I type up a description of the cards I sell there, since the photo may not be clear or large enough to read. But I was tired of constantly typing the explanation text for the newer abilities as I got more and more recent cards up, and I thought older abilities like Flanking might not be clear to newer players. So, I thought that a general explanation page, with links to it from my eBay listings, might make the whole thing easier on me!

Anyway, thanks again for your reply!

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