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Shatterbug by Robert Duke

28 August 2018 - 10:02 PM

Hi there, I'm Robert. Of course on here, you know me as kano. I wasn't sure how big a deal I wanted to make of this here, but I hope you'll be interested enough to read a book by someone you (sort of) know.




When a promising young physics student is visited by a future version of himself and gifted a time-travelling armored suit, he is plunged into a life of heroism and responsibility, in the hopes of preventing a tragic future he has only begun to glimpse.
Marco Nieve, taking the mantle of Shatterbug, will have to learn to use the unique abilities of the super-suit to uncover the secrets of both the past and future, all the while preparing for a destined face-off against a mysterious dark foe. As he seeks the answers his paradoxical benefactor was unable to give him, Marco’s nemesis works in the shadows, manipulating events for some unknown goal. It all seems to center around what has yet to happen for Marco and the Shatterbug suit.
However, Marco soon learns that there’s more to being a good man than fighting monsters and bad guys. The technology that powers his suit could change the world; save it even, in the right hands. Would it be right to deprive humanity of positive scientific advancement? Is it even right to be a hero, to fight in a war that you don’t understand?
Marco Nieve’s adventures are something to root for. The lessons he learns along the way—lessons of unique power, perseverance in the face of uncertainty, moral obligation and responsibility, and unconditional unity for a common ideal—will have you turning each page in suspense.



Shatterbug is the first in a series of books that I've been crafting in my head for about eight years. It follows Marco Nieve, who becomes the titular time-travelling superhero Shatterbug.


Shatterbug isn't like most time travel stories, because the Shatterbug suit isn't like most time travel machines. Rather than taking Marco wherever he wants to go, the suit actually separates him into three copies: one in the present, and one five minutes in the past and in the future. Through the suit, they communicate with each other and learn from each other in taking on monsters and supervillains.


Ultimately, he seeks out the answers to three main questions: how does the suit work, why does he have it, and what is the 'darkness' he was warned about? Its a story about finding what it means to be a hero--both in the super sense, and in the societal sense--as Marco tries to provide actual lasting change to the world beyond crime-fighting.


Shatterbug is available on Amazon here (or you can click the cover up top). It's available both in paperback and for Amazon Kindle (or their free Kindle app on any device). It would mean a lot to me if you picked up a copy, and even more if you left an Amazon review. Also, my author Facebook and Twitter pages are available at the respective links.


I promise this'll be the last time/only place I mention this, YCM. Thanks for listening, and thanks for.. wow, five years as of this month.


(As an aside, people who've known me from YCM for some time may recognize someone in the book. Please keep in mind that this is not a self-insert; I chose that persona because it was a character from this, prior to its publication. Their views as expressed 'in character' on this forum do not reflect my own, nor have they ever.)

[MtG] Unstable Spoilers

11 November 2017 - 09:24 AM

Unstable Spoilers are apparently starting in full force. Apparently, a number of people have received pieces of oversized cards in the mail from Wizards of the Coast. Specifically, these:


Large Images

That's right: Contraptions are being revealed at last!


We do have all the pieces now, so this is what we know:


Contrations and Sprockets Assembled!


The lack of mana cost would seem to imply that Contraptions do not exist in the library; they are likely, as was highly speculated, a separate deck in the command zone, and are assembled randomly (or perhaps not randomly, but still). You'll need to place them on a "sprocket" to determine how frequently you are able to "crank" them. Very unique!


Also note that they are borderless. MaRo has hinted there is something special about their art (probably it all fits together like one big contraption) but perhaps the lack of silver or black borders could mean special rules to allow it in certain formats or under certain conditions, without messing with the legality rules of silver-bordered cards. Maybe. We can dream.

Worst case scenario, casual EDH groups will be able to use them, and that's hardly a bad thing.

[MtG] Unstable HASCON Spoilers

08 September 2017 - 09:23 PM

So far, just the basic lands. Likely all we'll get, but I thought it warranted a discussion, and not just because they're wonderful.





Notably, they look like they are meant to be perfect re-does of the Unglued basics, but in higher resolution/quality. Even the cloud cover on the Plains is reminiscent.

Unglued Basics

[MtG][Standard] Sultai Desert Midrange

15 July 2017 - 09:38 AM

3x Desert of the Glorified
3x Desert of the Indomitable
2x Desert of the Mindful
3x Dunes of the Dead
5x Forest
3x Hashep Oasis
4x Ifnir Deadlands
2x Ipnu Rivulet
1x Island
3x Painted Bluffs
1x Scavenger Grounds
4x Sunscorched Desert
2x Survivors' Encampment
2x Swamp
3x Hour of Promise
3x Splendid Reclamation
2x Torment of Hailfire

3x Hapatra's Mark


4x Ramunap Excavator
3x Ramunap Hydra
4x Shefet Monitor
Ideal situation is to have a large amount of lands on the battlefield, specifically the uncommon Deserts, achieved via Splendid Reclamation of cards milled with your own Ipnu Rivulet. Among those cards should be Dunes of the Dead. Using these, and a Ramunap Excavator to keep your engine online, you can control your opponent's creatures with Ifnir Deadlands, and with Hashep Oasis, make your Ramunap Hydra immense. In the event combat is not the most efficient method of winning, Torment of Hailfire offers a flashier win condition.
Hapatra's Mark protects your Excavator, and Hour of Promise and Shefet Monitor help to search out your land needs.
I'm considering Simic Nissa but am unsure, as blue is really just a splash for the Ipnu Rivulet, and I don't know what would be taken out for her.
Sideboard is also something that needs to be worked out, but I'm really bad at building sideboards.

[MtG] Archenemy: Nicol Bolas Preview

05 June 2017 - 07:07 PM

Link to article, which includes full decklists and a video of some people playing with the precons.



The Archenemy Rules do apparently have an important change. From now on, when the archenemy attacks any player or planeswalker on the opposing team, any creature a teammate of the defending player controls may be assigned as a blocker by that creature's controller.


The Planeswalkers with new arts


Bolas' Scheme Deck


The scheme card designs look awesome, and I am very excited to play as Bolas. Naturally I'll be turning it into a Bolas EDH deck, but that's beside the point.