What's New with Phil and Dixie

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What's New? with Phil and Dixie was a gaming comic by Phil Foglio that ran originally in TSR's role-playing-centered Dragon Magazine, and then in the official Magic the Gathering magazine. It's now republished on the web.

Tropes used in What's New with Phil and Dixie include:

Agent: Do you have any trouble working with elves, trolls, fairies, minotaurs, wizards, merfolk, werewolves, vampires, zombies or artists?
Model: Ew...real artists?

  • Deus Ex Machina: Invoked in a discussion of why overpowered superheroes are unsatisfying, where a superhero named Deus Ex Machina Man is saved from a gun-toting criminal by a falling safe.
  • Disneyfication: Inevitably will be applied to Magic: The Gathering: The Movie.

"...of course, there are elements of game play that'll be changed onscreen to make the characters more sympathetic".

Phil: You're changing alignment? But why?
Dixie: Are you kidding? The perks are fantastic! Better hair -- bigger bust -- bitchin' outfits -- plus I get my own minions!

Phil: Do with it? Why -- I know exactly what we can do with it! Heh! Heh! Heh!

Phil: Though for some reason they're not well liked.

Goont: Hey... if he wants the chief spy job that bad, he can have it.

"This cartoon, for instance. It would be a shame if something happened to it."

Head minion: Done much minioning?
Krosp: "All is in readiness." "You're a genius, sir." "Don't screw around -- kill him now!"
Head minion: Not bad, but Volrath won't listen to that last one.
Krosp: They never do.