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BLUE MOON EXPANSION DECK: THE MIMIX REVIEW by Simon T. Willems

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INDEPTH REVIEW
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Ah controversy…what is the world without it beside peaceful and productive? The Mimix have caught a lot of heat because of their card art but I’m here to tell you to look beyond that as this is a pretty solid little deck to look into. In fact, the deck is fairly clear-cut and wouldn’t be a bad starting deck for beginners. Many of the cards pose some very interesting strategies that are fun for the more experienced players as well.

Shamans and pairing are the deck’s main highlights. Pairing simply allows you to play two Character cards at the same time, but not sequentially, that share the same beginning prefix in their name. Unfortunately all the prefixes are different in contrast to the Booster cards from the Flit deck, so while this might sound like a novel way to boost up battle values, rarely will a player get more than a few to go his/her way. Most of the pairs add up to the same value (I.E. 1 + 7 Fire, 4 + 4 Earth, and so on). This actually proves to be somewhat of a quandary as there seems to be a threshold that the Mimix can get to and maintain. I’ve often been in the situation where I, as the Mimix, was forced to retreat because I could not continually hit a single point higher to continue the battle.

The Shaman cards are the more interesting flip side of the coin. They allow one to draw cards in certain manners that can help enable getting pairs faster. I like using them in different ways, like playing one to get back three of my best discards after playing them right away with the very Shaman in mind. Without the Shamans I think the Mimix would be a much lesser deck.

Now for the art review…Yeah, the cards are a bit on the saucy side and yes they do seem to be motivated toward prepubescent adolescents with a fantasy craving – BUT the artwork is lavishly painted and really gets the atmosphere across very well. The Mimix are actually my girlfriend’s favorite in terms of art so I think that dismisses a lot of the sexism claims. The deck is definitely not pornography so get over it! Respect the power of a half-dressed woman fully decked out in war paint and wielding a three foot machete. Trust me; she’s not a nice person once you get to know her…

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BREAKDOWN
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PROS:
- Shaman cards present some interesting decisions
- Beautiful artwork (don’t be fooled by the naysayers)

CONS:
- Paring isn’t nearly as useful as one might think
- Hard to hit beyond certain values

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FINAL VERDICT
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BUY (if you enjoyed the base decks). The Mimix are a very solid deck with some great artwork and clever cardplay options. I rate it an 8 out of 10. The Mimix are my 5th favorite of the 8 base decks.
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I actually bought the deck because of the artist. Check out http://www.toddlockwood.com/galleries/new_art/01/ to see more of the amazing Mr. Lockwood. IMO, an amazing artist, especially his dragons and Thor piece.

I've got these 2 dragons framed on my office wall, http://www.toddlockwood.com/galleries/dnd/01/dragonlance.sht... and http://www.toddlockwood.com/galleries/magazines/01/silver_dr....

I really love the following as well:

Mind Flayer - http://www.toddlockwood.com/galleries/dnd/02/plot_illithid.s....
Beholder - http://www.toddlockwood.com/galleries/magazines/01/beholder...., now that's what a Beholder should look like, very evil.
Drizzt - http://www.toddlockwood.com/galleries/books/02/exile.shtml, many amazing pics of the baddest dark elf around.

I haven't played the game yet, but am hoping to soon.
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I got these cards in a trade and it looked like a solid deck to play with. I play my Blue Moon games in the High School games club that I sponsor and I didn't think it would look very good for a high school teacher bringing them. So with the help of my wife I did a little editing magic with a couple of different colored sharpie markers. My wife is good at graphic art stuff so they came out looking pretty good with a little bit more clothes on. It looks a little bit more like Pocahontas type clothes. Haven't got the chance to try them yet but I'm excited to try it.

As far as them being pornography it really depends on your definition of pornography. My definition is pornography is pictures, or writing, or video that causes sexual arousal. I think that this could definitely be the case with these pictures as they have a definite sexual slant to them as does a lot of fantasy art with warriors and the such. This isn't renaissance art by any means. In any case as far as the teenage boys go that I teach this could easily be pornography so I didn't take the chance and made them decent. It didn't hurt the feel of the art or the atmosphere that they provoke. My students didn't mind as they know how I feel about these things anyway. Looks like a fun deck to play with in any case.
 
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Broad definition! I mean, sexual arousal is caused by different things in different people...you could be covering a lot of ground there.

Although reliance on pornography merely shows lack of imagination, IMHO
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Well certainly what might be pornography to one person may not to another. So I feel that people should be aware of themselves and stay away from what is pornography for themselves, but that's because I believe in staying pure in thought as well as deed.

In any case there are many things that would be considered pornography for most people or at least men. Pictures of naked women for most men produce sexual arousal and thoughts of having sex with different women, something I discourage among my students especially since I teach relationships and waiting till marriage to have sex.

In any case I'm veering off the topic and I think the deck could have been done just as well with the art a little more sensitive to this. Which is why I kept the deck but altered the art just a little. I think its a good idea for those who like the game but don't like this form of illustration, as I've heard from many. I actually got the idea from someone else who did the same thing.

 
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Jeff, you altered the deck? Used a magic marker to cover up some portions of the art? Put masking tape over it? Cut out portions?

I respect your choice to not introduce the cards to your friends. But I respectfully disagree with disfiguring the art on the cards. Wouldn't that just draw a young person's attention even more and increase the allure and the fantasy? When you cover it up, you're making a big deal of it. You're also sending a loud message about your own inhibitions.

I dunno... it just seems wrong to me. I am a child psychologist and university professor. If I though a picture was inappropriate, I wouldn't purchase the product or use the product with a minor. I think this disfigurment sends a very bad message to young people.

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Not that this isn't worth discussion, but it has been discussed in numerous other threads already (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/87645 and http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/87645 for example).

In the interest of keeping this review from degenerating into the same I recommend any further discussion about the card art be taken to one of those other threads.

-MMM
 
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Sorry I didn't mean to change the topic of the review. It's a good review by any means.
 
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jeff brown wrote:
My definition is pornography is pictures, or writing, or video that causes sexual arousal.


crikey!!! you make this sond like a bad thing. i'm quite capable of being aroused by pics of fully clothed women. it's a good thing my libido and i are freinds..laugh
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Octavian wrote:
Not that this isn't worth discussion, but it has been discussed in numerous other threads already (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/87645 and http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/87645 for example).

In the interest of keeping this review from degenerating into the same I recommend any further discussion about the card art be taken to one of those other threads.

-MMM


Mathew, you linked to the same thread twice.
 
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Yes...well...um....I'm sure there are others.

Heh.

-MMM
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Youre worried about HIGH SCHOOL kids getting turned on and corrupted by Blue Moon cards ? I think most of these kids will have access to much better "corrupters", like the internet and TV...and books and magazines and cinema and advertising...
 
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Darius Hawthorn wrote:
It's to do with you being in a position of power and having to act in the best interest of the students as a whole.
I see no problem in altering the card art. I think it's a valid option.


Absolutely!

Indeed, the notion that those in power can decide what is good for the rest of the community is integral to the foundations of our society...

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