Unglued

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Unglued
Unglued logo.png
 
Set symbol
Symbol description
Broken Egg
Design team
Mark Rosewater
Development team
Mark Rosewater
Art Director
Jesper Myrfors
Release date
August 11, 1998
Themes and mechanics
Die rolls, Chickens
Keywords and/or ability words
none new
Set size
94
33 Common, 22 Uncommon, 28 Rare, 5 Basic Land, 6 Token
Expansion code
UGL[1]
Development codename
The Wacky Expansion
Un- sets
Unglued Unhinged Unstable
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Portal Second Age Unglued Urza's Saga

Unglued was the first Magic: The Gathering supplemental set to be used outside of normal Magic expansions.[2] It was released on August 11, 1998 as a standalone fun-set.[3][4][5]

Set details[edit | edit source]

UGL Booster pack.jpg

The set included 83 silver-border cards, 5 black-border cards (basic lands) and 6 Token creatures. The lands are special full-art lands which have extended artwork inside an oval frame stretching from the top to bottom of the card.[6] On top of that oval frame is a round gem of the appropriate color with the (at the time current) tap symbol. At the bottom is a slightly larger gem featuring the appropriate mana symbol. The top left corner has the name of the basic land while the bottom left corner simply reads "Land" with Artist and copyright information as well as collector number running along the bottom. Unlike other sets which feature up to four distinct arts per basic land, Unglued only has one art per basic land.

The rest of Unglued are silver-bordered joke cards which are still functional. Names, flavor texts, types and mechanics as well as the art featured on the card[7] parody the game, individual cards, concepts, the history or players of the game. Unglued and its followup Unhinged are also the only sets in which the artwork of non-Planeswalker cards of extend outside the artframe. The card B.F.M. (Big Furry Monster) even extends over two cards. Some cards have specialized frames allowing for other jokes. Unglued also makes special mention of Chickens and Clamfolks as creature types. Chickens were a minor theme.[8]

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

While Unhinged dabbles in all sorts of mechanics including physical actions by the players, specifically noted should be the usage of six-sided die on cards for random effects.

Many graphic design elements that first appeared in this "joke set" have crossed over into tournament-legal Magic releases. These include full-art basic lands, art extending beyond the frame (as seen later on many Planeswalker cards), watermarks in the text box, and sideways printing (first seen in Burning Cinder Fury of Crimson Chaos Fire and later on split cards).

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Unglued Creature types[edit | edit source]

Unglued creature types were eliminated from the Comprehensive Rules list during the Grand Creature Type Update. They included:

Trivia[edit | edit source]

"Here are some cards that didn't make it to print: Socks of Garfield, Hot Monkey Love, Colonel's Secret Recipe, Squee's Play, Banned in France, Spoon, Disrobing Scepter, Butt Wolf, Lotus Roach, Sesame Efreet, Needless Reminder Text, Chicken Choker, Clockwork Doppelganger, Henway, HELP I'M TRAPPED IN CARTA MUNDI, Mad Cow, Poke, Lord of Wombats, Gratuitous Babe Art, Brothers' War Bonds, Dwarven Kickboxer, Mickey's Drunk, Pact with the Wastes, CoP:BO, Urza's Chia Pet, Thallid Shooter, Shoelace, When Chihuahuas Attack, Wall of Cookies, Kobold Ninja, Mucusaur, Kjeldoran Outhouse, Bear in the Woods, Dental Thrull, Flavatog, Cereal Killer."[16]

Unglued 2[edit | edit source]

A follow up set, tentatively called Wacky II: This Time it's Personal or Unglued 2: The Obligatory Sequel, was announced for Summer 1999 but never got made. This was an entirely different set from Unhinged and featured animated vegetables, punny Djinni, Santawar Elves and an alternate take on Serra Angel.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wizards of the Coast. (August 02, 2004.) “Ask Wizards - August, 2004”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (July 27, 2017.) "How did 'Un' begin?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  3. Mark Rosewater. (August 16, 2004.) “Get It?”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater. (August 16, 2004.) “Putting the Un in Fun”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Aaron Forsythe. (August 20, 2004.) “Un-Believable”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Magic Arcana. (May 15, 2003.) “Unglued lands”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Magic Arcana. (August 16, 2004.) “Unglued Art Parodies”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Mark Rosewater. (February 16, 2015.) “Kings & Things”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Magic Arcana. (August 17, 2004.) “Unglued's Chicken Motif”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Mark Rosewater. (October 13, 2014.) “Team Building”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Mark Rosewater (October 1998), Drawing Conclusions, The Duelist #30
  12. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Ma "Mark Rosewater" Ro (October 1998), Chickens and Cows and Clams, Oh My, The Duelist #30
  13. a b Mark Rosewater. (July 20, 2009.) “The Silver Lining”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Magic Arcana. (December 1, 2004.) “Mark Rosewater Makes an Ass of Himself”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Michael G. Ryan (August 1998) Exodus Files Exposed, The Duelist #28
  16. Mark Rosewater (December 1998), Insider Trading. Betcha Didn't Know, The Duelist #32
  17. Mark Rosewater. (February 04, 2016.) "Any trivia on Stone Calendar or Bronze Calendar?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  18. Mark Rosewater. (August 06, 2017.) "How many of you realize that Spark was Kraps backwards?", Blogatog, Tumblr.

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