Played MTG again. Most players are showing up at around 7:30 am. Still a lot of new cards to get used to. My decks are a bit more competitive, but my favorite deck idea failed as Tempest Efreet can only be used in ante matches. I'm not a huge fan of ante anyway, but I like the way Tempest Efreet can turn the most valuable cards into a player's greatest weakness. Guess I'll have to look at more cloning options for another deck.
The attendance was fairly good. Two new players showed up, meaning the group took up quite a bit of space at Starbucks.
Afterwards, some of us went to the comic book store in town. Gary, the shop owner, was nice enough to give me a fifty cent discount, which makes me feel a bit like a bar regular who is getting a free pour. I've been struggling with my mountain decks, so I figure I'll try to reinvigorate a mountain deck. Since the play-style is free for all or team variants, the deck style should be for group rather than one on one play.
I have also been playing MTGO to brush up on the newer cards and refamiliarize myself with some of the more obscure rules. My MTGO decks are not very competitive at this stage, but playing gives me plenty of deck ideas.
As a side project, I am making some creature cards primarily to improve my rendering and modeling skills. Unlike my last project, which emphasized low-polycount models, these models can have a much higher polycount.