A while back, I tentatively decided not to write more front-page articles, and instead to focus on forum-based content. This was something that I was, and still am, a bit torn on. On the one hand... Writing forum posts is easier than preparing and submitting articles. If I see a typographical error in one of my forum posts, I can go back and fix it. Forum posts allow me to explore other types of content besides long-form articles. Forum posts are good for putting up multiple installments over time. No one visits the front page anyway. Because of spam issues, the article comment sections are gone. Forum posts are conducive to discussion between multiple people (obviously), and more importantly they still exist. On the other hand... This site doesn't have much readership and the real point behind my articles was to keep in practice at consistently writing long-form writing, something that forum posts aren't likely to motivate me to do. The front page is looking deserted. My last article was published almost a year ago. Front page articles make serialization of content clear and easy. Plus, I just liked the name, “The Comboist Manifesto.” If I don't submit articles to the front page, I won't get to see Spidey's pull quotes. And that, dear reader, is the greatest shame of all. As you can see, it is quite the dilemma. And I still don't know that I've made up my mind, but I've been drifting toward the “forum posts allow me to explore other types of content besides long-form articles” approach. Or to be less diplomatic, I've been spamming up the message boards with my ravings on various topics. In the back of my mind, there was this notion that I would save front-page submissions for occasional “real” articles and focus largely on shorter stuff, like those “Magic Memories” threads. Some of those, most notably the Survival of the Fittest thread, could easily be full articles, but I definitely preferred putting it up in chunks over time and having other people chime in. But that didn't mean that I was giving up on articles. And then a year went by. Most of one, anyway. And here we are, with me writing an article. So I'm going to post it as a forum thread. In the future, perhaps I'll find that this sort of thing really should be submitted as a front-page article. Or perhaps not. Maybe it should be both? I don't know. By the way, I guess I'm looking for feedback on this. Do I clutter up the front page or do I clutter up the forums? Like I said, quite the dilemma. Also, it's well past time to move on to the reason we're here in the first place: ancient Egypt. Everything above this paragraph was actually written around the time that Amonkhet came out. I just about mustered the effort to proceed at the time, but I used the excuse of “Let's wait for Hour of Devastation and cover both sets” so here we are. I do think that both sets are relevant as far as ancient Egypt is concerned, but the second set is definitely more heavy on the whole “Nicol Bolas, Supervillain” thing, which I'll also critique. Because I can. I am biased. Magic has borrowed from several famous historical mythological frameworks, and there isn't an exact rubric for this sort of thing, so we'll all have our own opinions on how to do it in the first place. To further complicate things, mythology gets filtered in different ways from different sources, and we get exposed to it in different ways. So while I don't find the use of mythology to be egregious in Kamigawa Block, someone who is more familiar with the source material might. So far when it comes to Magic sets identifiably drawing on mythology, we've had Arabian mythology in Arabian Nights, Norse mythology in Ice Age Block (very loosely, with some more broad European stuff in there too), Japanese mythology in Kamigawa Block, Celtic mythology in Lorwyn/Shadowmoor (again pretty loosely), Greek mythology in Theros Block, and Indian mythology in Kaladesh Block. There are also a few other inspirations for some sets that probably fall into this same category, like the use of “Gothic Horror” for Innistrad Block or the Mongolian inspiration for Tarkir Block. And some day, if I live long enough, it is my fate to get into an argument about the inspiration for Zendikar Block, but that day has not yet come. But while I'm not an expert on any of these, uh, genres, Egyptian mythology is the one that I am closest to being knowledgeable about. I fell in love with Egyptian mythology when I was a kid, and since long before they announced these sets, I was dreading the looming inevitability that someday, they'd do “ancient Egypt” as their theme. That these sets, flavorwise, would disappoint me was virtually certain. So yeah, I'm biased. But hear me out anyway.