Rant of Valakut Holiday Special: Christmas in Five Cards Ben Iverach-Brereton December 24, 2017 Rants of Valakut Season’s Greetings! Growing up, we always had advent calendars in my home. Each day before Christmas we’d open up a little box to discover a treat, or a chocolate, or a little picture. It was a fine tradition when I was a kid, but when I got older it lost a bit of its appeal. These days I don’t get that excited by checking the date every day. For this year, though, I thought I might do something a bit different leading up to the 25th. This December I made a daily post on Twitter with a little puzzle for my friends to solve with the hashtag #XmasIn5Cards. Odds are good you didn’t see my tweets unless you’re one of the four people who follow me, but don’t worry! In the spirit of giving I’ve collected all 25 of my puzzles for you here so that you can read them all. But what is an #XmasIn5Cards puzzle, you ask? The basic idea is this: I took a Christmas, movie, song or story and re-told it using the names of exactly five Magic: the Gathering cards. For example, the song Jingle Bells might look like this: Valley Dasher Arcum’s Sleigh Snow-Covered Plains Hideous Laughter Crystal Chimes …Get it? Valley Dasher… “Dashing through the snow….” Hideous Laughter… “Laughing all the way….” Well, they aren’t all that straightforward, but hopefully you get the idea. And if you’re still lost I have a list of the solutions at the end of the article. Make sure to check them after you’ve read all of the puzzles, though. You wouldn’t want any spoilers, after all! If you have the chance, I’d recommend sharing these puzzles with your family and friends, too. They might not be familiar with Magic: the Gathering, but they might know their holiday stories better than you; together you’ll probably have a better chance of figuring them out. Alright, are you ready? How well do you know your holiday songs, movies and stories? Good luck! ~~~~~~~~~ #XmasIn5Cards #1 Icatian Moneychanger Master of Cruelties Midnight Haunting Glimpse the Future Change of Heart #2 Glimmerpoint Stag Tormented Pariah Fog Lose Hope Aerial Guide #3 Rowdy Crew Blatant Thievery Snow-Covered Mountain Distant Melody Lay Bare the Heart #4 All Hallow’s Eve Journey of Discovery Misinformation Cateran Kidnappers Nightmare Incursion #5 Grandmother Sengir Overrun Stampeding Elk Herd Auriok Siege Sled Fatal Push #6 Identity Crisis Fervent Denial Trial of Zeal Crosstown Courier True Believer #7 Sleep Pack Rat Dream Halls Bump in the Night Hoofprints of the Stag #8 Eternal Witness Mother of Runes Kindly Stranger Nature’s Kiss Fated Infatuation #9 Drakestown Forgotten Homicidal Seclusion Jhessian Thief Booby Trap Survive the Night #10 Silence Holy Day Calming Verse Bright Reprisal Rest in Peace #11 Crystal Golem Charcoal Diamond Helm of Awakening Mystic Melting Reanimate #12 Defang Make a Wish Wurm’s Tooth Tooth of Chis-Goria Regrowth #13 Temple Bell Kormus Bell Junkyo Bell Ghoulcaller’s Bell Singing Bell Strike #14 Commencement of Festivities Lifecrafter’s Gift Soldier Replica Relentless Rats Dance of Many #15 Depths of Desire Ardent Plea Elaborate Firecannon Overwhelming Denial Eye Gouge #16 Limited Resources Avarice Totem Shared Discovery Epic Confrontation Take Possession #17 Roast Open Fire Frost Walker Chilling Grasp Wellwisher #18 Tendrils of Despair Self-Inflicted Wound Guardian Angel Curse of Oblivion Overflowing Insight #19 Tragic Slip Assault Suit Contract from Below Become Immense Supplant Form #20 Three Dreams Quest for Ancient Secrets Beacon of Destiny Profound Journey Angelic Gift #21 Burden of Greed Melancholy Lone Missionary Seedling Charm Faith’s Reward #22 Victory’s Herald Glorious Anthem Cradle of Vitality Plumes of Peace Proclamation of Rebirth #23 One With Nothing Increasing Devotion Selfless Spirit Acceptable Losses Unexpectedly Absent #24 Not of This World Abduction Forced Adaptation Mechanized Production Clever Impersonator #25 Drove of Elves Descent into Madness Gruesome Slaughter Raise the Alarm Arrest ~~~~~~~~~ So, how did you and your family fare? Were you able to get all 25? I would like to thank my parents for their help in coming up with these; they were my first ‘testers’ as I tried out the card combinations. After some brainstorming and editing they were able to get most of them without too much trouble. Regardless of how well you did, I hope you at least enjoyed the challenge. If you feel inclined, let me know what you thought of these puzzles in the comments. Were there any songs or movies you felt I should have included? Do you have any puzzles of your own you’d like to share? I’d love to read them! Personally, I had a lot of fun making these, and I’m thinking of making some more in the future; I’ll just need to find a suitable non-festive theme for next time. ~~~~~~~~~ Well, that about wraps it up for me this year. On behalf of everyone here at The Mana Base, I hope you have a great holiday season. It’s been a pleasure creating all of this content for you, and I invite you all to join us again in the new year for even more. I’ll talk to you then. Merry Christmas. ~Ben~ ~~~~~~~~~ #XmasIn5Cards Answers: #1 – A Christmas Carol (story by Charles Dickens, featuring Scrooge) #2 – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (song and 1964 animated film) #3 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1996 animated short) #4 – The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993 Tim Burton film) #5 – Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (song) #6 – Miracle on 34th Street (1947 film) #7 – A Visit from St. Nicholas (poem, better known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”) #8 – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (song) #9 – Home Alone (1990 film starring Macaulay Culkin) #10 – Silent Night (classic carol) #11 – Frosty the Snowman (song and 1963 animated film) #12 – All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth (song) #13 – Carol of the Bells (Ukrainian carol) #14 – The Nutcracker (holiday ballet) #15 – A Christmas Story (1983 film; “You’ll shoot your eye out!”) #16 – Jingle All the Way (1996 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger) #17 – The Christmas Song (song, better known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”) #18 – It’s a Wonderful Life (film from 1946 starring James Stewart) #19 – The Santa Clause (1994 film starring Tim Allen) #20 – We Three Kings (classic carol) #21 – A Charlie Brown Christmas (famous TV special from 1965) #22 – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (classic carol) #23 – The Gift of the Magi (classic short story) #24 – Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964 film featured in Mystery Science Theatre 3000) #25 – The Night Santa Went Crazy (song by Weird Al Yankovic) Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.