Originally posted on Master of Lore:
This February marks the one year anniversary of the Master of Lore blog and I want to extend my thanks to all the readers whose insightful comments and words of encouragement have made writing here such a pleasure. I’m quite proud of the feature articles on this site, and grateful to have found a partner in Derek (aka Shipwreck) of the Grey Company Podcast to work alongside with in creating content.
Over these 12 months, however, we’ve only covered 15 cards with our in-depth features — a pace that makes a Fangorn Entmoot seem like a speedy and productive operation. Treebeard may advise that we “don’t be hasty”, but with so many fascinating cards already in print and more on the way, we feel like we need to step it up a bit. Therefore, while the monthly publication of a full length essay remains a goal, Derek has proposed a new category for shorter, quicker “lore bites” which forgo the feature format and just deliver you a distilled dose of the Tolkien tale behind select cards.
After brainstorming a few potential titles for these segments, we’ve decided to name them after the popular Spirit event card Hasty Stroke as “hasty” is a typically Tolkien word that alludes to the shorter, quicker nature of these articles while “stroke” plays on the stroke of a pen or keystrokes used for writing them. Just as a well-timed Hasty Stroke can dispel the darkness of chaining shadow effects in the Siege of Cair Andros, we hope that our hasty keystrokes will cancel the long shadow of silence that currently stretches between posts at Master of Lore!