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Politic: The Gathering

June 27th, 2007 · 13 Comments

catomagic.jpg So, I’m out of sympathy with the sentiment, obviously, but it is pretty damn funny—especially if, like me, you spent your formative geek years in thrall to Moderately-Multiplayer Ontable Role-Playing Games.

The person who created this image has actually produced a whole series of Magic-style cards representing various elements of political argument and conflict: philosophers, pols, wonks, flacks, and even some of your favorite logical fallacies. A shame this didn’t come around earlier: Ludwig von Mises would’ve fit right into my old blue-black deck.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 digamma // Jun 27, 2007 at 10:32 am

    This is the best one.

  • 2 asg // Jun 27, 2007 at 11:11 am

    I beg to differ.

  • 3 Brian Moore // Jun 27, 2007 at 11:21 am

    At least the game will end well.

  • 4 sangfroid826 // Jun 27, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Of course you were a black & blue player.

  • 5 Julian Sanchez // Jun 27, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    “Of course you were a black & blue player.”

    I’m missing the connotation here… why is that?

  • 6 Jacob T. Levy // Jun 27, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    The glory of the interweb. Not so long ago, I would have thought that I was the only person in the whole world who would find such a thing funny.

  • 7 Trevor // Jun 27, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    I for one would expect blue from a philosphy major. It was about control, interruption, by far the most “meta” color.

    Black, though? I don’t know. It’s ruthless? Contrarian? Are you just a little macabre?

  • 8 Julian Sanchez // Jun 28, 2007 at 1:09 am

    Several of the friends with whom I played preferred to describe it as “the most annoying color.”

  • 9 sangfroid826 // Jun 28, 2007 at 4:43 am

    Yes, exactly. i couldn’t have put it any better –black & blue: frustrating and so very meta. It rendered my precious green/white deck was useless. My circle played for cash, so I still bear the scars.

  • 10 asg // Jun 28, 2007 at 8:44 am

    By far my best deck was white & blue. Hard to see how that could be less annoying to opponents than black and blue. I think I once went on a 14-game streak with that sucker.

  • 11 sangfroid826 // Jun 28, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    I just remembered, from the nether regions of my geek brain, back in the day a black & blue was called a palpatine deck.

  • 12 ben wolfson // Jun 30, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    “Science is pretty gay, guys is a decidedly un-Nietzschean sentiment.

  • 13 Jordan Peacock // Feb 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Private Flickr; any chance of seeing these somewhere else?

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