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Do you use an MTG life counter app?



 
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Selkie



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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have a smartphone, so no. I use a spindown die, for easy reference, and pen and paper, so nothing can be disputed.

However, I am happy when my opponent whips one out.


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GunsAndDope



Joined: 12 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of guys at my school use it in the casual games there and they all speak very highly of it.

Personally, I prefer pen and paper so I can make little notes that I can review later.

As far as competitive games go, from Friday Night Magic on up, electronic devices are not allowed at the game table, so your app would be of little use in competitive games.


Neat Little Additions
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Something I think would be cool for you to add is a voluntary database system where players can input their deck and their opponent's deck archetype and the life history as well as the outcome of the match could be saved and cross-referenced to further explore the metagame. Of course, this would be wide open to griefing.

Another thing would be an up-to-date banned/restricted list, an offline version of the display rulings information for all cards on Gatherer, and an updated version of the comprehensive rules list that is keyword searchable.


By the way, how much do you charge for your app?
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GunsAndDope



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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found the price in the gatheringmagic article. $1 is well worth this app, as long as you get all future versions of this app for free.
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[paradox]



Joined: 17 May 2010
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

uh... gunsanddope - Use of a smart phone to keep track of life totals IS completely legal at competitive tournaments. They actually changed that rule recently.
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pseudodespot



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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you use an MTG life counter app?

No.
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StonerProud



Joined: 02 Mar 2012
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there any use for this and MWS?
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xJudicatorx



Joined: 27 Aug 2007
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Selkie wrote:
I don't have a smartphone, so no. I use a spindown die, for easy reference, and pen and paper, so nothing can be disputed.

However, I am happy when my opponent whips one out.


I'll second this. I don't have a smartphone, but they are incredibly efficient compared to pen and paper and I would use it if I did have a SP.

One problem with a lot of life-tracker apps is that you can't check what has been done to the life, have you got something like that? For instance, if I say 3 turns down the road "no, I'm not at 12, I'm at 14", can you check if the wrong amount was taken that many steps ago?
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Selkie



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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No point in interfacing with MWS, as it already shows life and logs it and does everything your app could do and more. (Heck, it keeps track of cards in your opponents hand!)


Actually. Something that keeps track of your opponents cards could be useful, to prevent cheating. Guy brainstorms? +3... then -2 when he puts them back. Casts any spell... -1. Start of turn? +1.
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GunsAndDope



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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As well as a quick interface to note the cards in your opp's hand when he reveals.
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pg8



Joined: 27 Feb 2011
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GunsAndDope wrote:
As well as a quick interface to note the cards in your opp's hand when he reveals.


This is one of the reasons I use paper instead of an app. If there was some interface that let you do this and was quick and intuitive, I would definitely buy the app and try it out.
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GunsAndDope



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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pg8 wrote:
GunsAndDope wrote:
As well as a quick interface to note the cards in your opp's hand when he reveals.


This is one of the reasons I use paper instead of an app. If there was some interface that let you do this and was quick and intuitive, I would definitely buy the app and try it out.


A quick way to do it would be a quick select for archetype and/or splash colors with a listing of cards that could be preselected to be sorted by either card name or popularity.
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