Saturday, December 24, 2005

Alpha thru Ravnica Patch

An up-to-date full torrent is out.
So, fire up your torrent client and point it here!
(If you don't have a torrent client, we suggest Azureus or ĀµTorrent)


2005 December Type 1 (Vintage) Patch
Files included in this patch:
-Images (Alpha-Rav)
-Read_Me_First.txt (This one)

-What is OCTGN?
-How to Load a Patch into OCTGN?
-What card sets are included in this patch?

What is OCTGN?

Online Card Tabletop Gaming Network (OCTGN) is a multi-player multi-platform implementation of a card game engine. The card game engine is designed to be of general purpose core for several modules each defining the game's specific behavior.

Players download a client for their platform and all modules of interest. OCTGN can be used to play a CCG with full graphics for cards online. With OCTGN, up to six players can play a game at once, and with the latest versions of the software, sealed deck games are also possible. One of the drawbacks is that the game has no AI to judge players and solitaire play is not available. All games are played exactly as they are in real life: You need to keep track of your life, whether your opponent made an illegal play, and know the rules of the game. No computer judge exists. With that said, OCTGN is totally free and easy
to use. To obtain a copy of OCTGN, visit:

How to Load a Patch into OCTGN?

After you have downloaded and installed OCTGN, perform the following steps to install
this patch:

1. Unzip the patch into its own folder.
2. Launch OCTGN.
3. In OCTGN, click on the "Game" button, select the "Database" pull-out menu, and
choose the "Load New Card Set" menu item.
4. In the window that opens, browse to the folder where you unzipped the patch. There
should be a .OCTGNSet file in this directory.
5. Double-click on this file. You should be prompted on whether or not to load the
particular card set.
6. Choose "Yes" on the confirmation popup window.

NOTE: Installing large patches, like the T1 combined set patch, may take as long
as 20 minutes on slower computers. Please be patient and wait for the patching to finish.

What card sets are included in this patch?

Limited Edition Alpha (Released August 1993)
Limited Edition Beta (Released October 1993)
Unlimited Edition (Released December 1993)
Arabian Nights (Released December 1993)
Antiquities (Released March 1994)
Revised Edition (Released April 1994)
Legends (Released June 1994)
The Dark (Released August 1994)
Fallen Empires (Released November 1994)
Fourth Edition (Released April 1995)
Ice Age (Released June 1995)
Chronicles (Released September 1995)
Homelands (Released November 1995)
Alliances (Released June 10th, 1996)
Mirage (Released October 8th, 1996)
Visions (Released Febuary 3rd, 1997)
Portal (Released May 1st, 1997)
Fifth Edition (Released March 24th, 1997)
Vanguard (First introduced at Arena League during Radiant season 1997)
Weatherlight (Released June 9th, 1997)
Tempest (Released October 14th, 1997)
Stronghold (Released March 2nd, 1998)
Exodus (Released June 15, 1998)
Portal Second Age (Released June 24, 1998)
Unglued (Released August 11, 1998)
Urza's Saga (Released October 5th, 1998)
Urza's Legacy (Released February 15, 1999)
Urza's Destiny (Released May 28, 1999)
Classic Sixth Edition (Released April 21, 1999)
Portal Three Kingdoms (Released July 6th, 1999)
Starter 1999 (Released August 27, 1999)
Mercadian Masques (Released September 25, 1999)
Nemesis (Released February 8, 2000)
Prophecy (Released June 15, 2000)
Invasion (Released Sep 25, 2000)
Planeshift (Released January 26, 2001)
Apocalypse (Released May 25, 2001)
Seventh Edition (Released April 11, 2001)
Odyssey (Released Sep 21, 2001)
Torment (Released February 20, 2002)
Judgment (Released May 21, 2002)
Onslaught (Released Sep 27, 2002)
Legions (Released January 31, 2003)
Scourge (Released May 26, 2003)
Eighth Edition (Released July 28, 2003)
Mirrodin (Released October 2, 2003)
Darksteel (Released February 6, 2004)
Fifth Dawn (Released May 22, 2004)
Champions of Kamigawa (Released October 1, 2004)
Unhinged (Released November 19, 2004)
Betrayers of Kamigawa (Release February 4, 2005)
Saviours of Kamigawa (Release June 3, 2005)
Ninth Edition (Released July 29, 2005)
Ravnica: City of Guilds (Released October 7, 2005)
MTG Oversize cards (No special release date)
Magic Miscellaneous (Constantly updated)

For more information on OCTGN, visit:

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The Magic Sock

Mr. Sock has just released the first episode his Magic: the Gathering video blog, "The Magic Sock" to the public. For an entertaining look at the highlander format, as well as a taste of things to come, head on over to his blog at

OCTGN Deck Analyzer (MTG) by Bykr

Bykr has done some outstanding work on an excel MTG deck analyzer for OCTGN. The analyzer can 'peek' directly into your OCTGN card database and view decks you already have saved, or you can import XML decks as well. Check out this thread for more info.