The Shack Blog

Words and things, mostly words.

UFC Is Now On ESPN

Tonight’s UFC Fight Night 143 marks the ESPN debut of the UFC. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 7 years since the UFC ran its first show on FOX. I wrote up a small piece about this new chapter in the organisation’s history (link). I’m curious to see what happens now that the UFC is […]

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Ravnica Allegiance

Despite some of my problems with MTG Arena, I’m really enjoying the fact that Ravnica Allegiance was made available on pre-release day. I still remember back when new sets were something like a month behind on Magic: The Gathering Online, so this is a nice change. I’m looking forward to improving my Sultai deck, and running an Esper […]

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New Waldgeflüster Album Coming

A project I discovered via a split EP with Panopticon, Germany’s Waldgeflüster released the details (link) regarding their forthcoming third full-length album, Mondscheinsonaten. I’m stoked to hear it, as the band’s previous two albums were both really good. The album drops on April 12th, and I’ll definitely be reviewing it for The Shack.

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New Wolves In The Throne Room

Although there aren’t many details available, Wolves In The Throne Room announced on their social media pages (link) that the follow-up to 2017’s Thrice Woven (review) is in the works and is presumably coming out this year. I don’t even care if it’s another weird album, or a more standard black metal offering, Wolves In The Throne Room can do whatever they […]

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More Codex

A friend and I have been slowly learning Codex (link) over the past few weeks. I say ‘slowly’ because we kept misinterpreting the rules and making a lot of errors during the first 3 weeks we played the game. We’ve since gotten that sorted out, and our pace of play has picked up and the […]

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2009 Versus 2019

I’ve definitely mellowed with age.

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US Government Shutdown Continues

I haven’t had much to say about the United States government shutdown, as there’s very little to say beyond explaining that the Republicans, despite controlling every facet of government, were unable to come to an agreement that would allow funding bills to be passed and keep the government operating. Since December 22nd, federal government workers […]

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Casual Magic For 2019-01-13

I stopped by my parents’ place to freeload a nice dinner, and my mom and I managed to get a few games in. I lost our first game to a new black-white deck she’d cooked up, while I played a white-green Infect whose origin neither of us could remember. I thought it was a pre-con […]

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Casual FNM 2019-01-11

We were initially supposed to be 6, but one member had to bail out at the last minute because everyone in their household was horribly sick. As such, we ended up being a group of 5, which is a configuration I tend to avoid in many cases. This time, however, it wasn’t a big deal […]

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New Saor Album Coming

After signing a deal with Avant Garden Music, one of my favourite metal projects has blossomed into a full-blown band and have announced the follow-up to 2017’s Guardians. The release date is in early February, but I’m already stoked for it. The band released their first video, for the lead single “Bròn” (link).

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