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Retraction/Apprentice Appreciation
By Tom Bergmann
Tom Bergmann

"I do not take a blind leap, rather the leap takes me."
-Pieter Rijnierse

And so, I too, have been taken.

This week I get to lead off with a retraction, because last week I shot my mouth off without checking my facts first.

It was bound to happen eventually, everything considered.

Apparently, the card library/search engines associated with that other place are both down for everyone, not just for this CPA affiliated warrior/hack, and it was wrong for me to insinuate it was something done just to me.

My bad.

I suppose it would be a cheap shot for me to critisize them for poor maintenance practices, so I won't. Instead, I'd rather thank them for the years of providing those reference tools for all of us, free of charge. That I go there a lot and use them often should be obvious from the reaction I had to the thought that I'd been shut out.

I hope they get them fixed soon.

It isn't as vital to me right now though, since I finally got the Masques and Nemesis updates for my Apprentice to work. It seems that the file I downloaded from Dragonstar somehow got corrupted. It wouldn't extract properly from the unzipped file for some reason. I never did figure out why.

Then I met a guy through ICQ with the handle of Michael, who shot me the file using ICQ, and now I'm all set.

Hmmm. This seems like a good spot for a shameless Apprentice plug.

(Editor's Note: Apprentice can be downloaded here:

God, is this game fun! I don't get to play on Apprentice nearly as often as I'd like, but I always (well, almost always) have a good time. Sure, it's not as good as playing face to face is, though it's close, but that's a small trade-off considering you can find a game literally at any time. One night I found myself playing someone from Indiana. The next night I played with someone from California. You could easily find yourself in a game with anyone, from anywhere, with this incredible tool.

And it's free.

That's right, free. It's offered on a site run by dedicated Magic players who weren't looking to make a buck with it - they were only looking for a way to play the game online - and it's blossomed into an entire online community of players.

What a country.

If you love to play this game, and you don't have it, get it. And join in the fun.

Tom Bergmann
TomB on the CPA BB
CPA Member

"I do not teach. I simply reveal."
-Daudi, Femeref tutor

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