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Interviews with the people who made Magic: The Gathering what it is today.

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Interviews with the people who made Magic: The Gathering what it is today.

    Episode 7: Jamie Wakefield, the Writer

    Episode 7: Jamie Wakefield, the Writer

    My guest this week is Jamie Wakefield. Jamie was one of the first tournament report writers who really elevated the craft. Jamie turned bland game results into epic yarns of triumph and defeat. His work was a cut above almost everyone else, and the players appreciated it.

    During our chat, we talked about writing, the passing of his first wife, optimism, and purpose. I enjoyed our talk and I hope you do too.

    Jamie's Spain book. 

    Music by Kara Comparetto

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    • 41 min
    Episode 6: Mark Rosewater, the Communicator

    Episode 6: Mark Rosewater, the Communicator

    My guest this is week is Mark Rosewater. Mark is the head designer of Magic, in charge of the process that creates new cards. But he's also a prolific communicator, writing a million words a year about Magic and games in general.

    During our chat we talked about Hollywood, the Pro Tour, diversity, and lots more. This was really fun.

    Mark's Twitter, podcast, weekly column, and blog.

    Music by Kara Comparetto

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Episode 5: Brian David-Marshall, A Place to Play

    Episode 5: Brian David-Marshall, A Place to Play

    This week I am joined by Brian David-Marshall. Brian was one of the first tournament organizers, then co-founding perhaps the most famous game store in the world, Neutral Ground. Brian has also been a fixture at events as a WoTC contractor.

    In our conversation we talk about getting involved with Magic, event planning, store-running, 9/11, and lots more. We had a fun talk and I hope you enjoy our conversation.

    BDM's Twitter

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 4: Skaff Elias, An Eye to the Future

    Episode 4: Skaff Elias, An Eye to the Future

    This week I am joined by Skaff Elias. Skaff was one of the early playtesters of pro-Magic and joined early WoTC. Quickly Skaff distinguished himself as brilliant, a hard worker, and who was focused on Magic's long-term success. 

    In our conversation we talk about inventing the Pro Tour, targets costs for competitive players, the Harry Potter TCG, and lots more. I was very fortunate to talk to Skaff and I hope you enjoy.

    Skaff's textbook.

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    Episode 3: Jesper Myrfors, the Art Director

    Episode 3: Jesper Myrfors, the Art Director

    My guest this week is Jesper Myrfors. Jesper was Magic's first art director and helped create the iconic styles Magic still uses today. Jesper is also a talented artist and painted many pieces in the early sets.  

    In this episode we talk about getting involved with WoTC, shifts in culture, advice for artists, and lots more. Jesper is fun to chat with, and I was fortunate to get to talk to him. 

    Jesper's recent project: Luna and the Moonling

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    • 32 min
    Episode 2: Richard Garfield, the Inventor

    Episode 2: Richard Garfield, the Inventor

    My guest this week is Richard Garfield. Richard Garfield is a prolific game designer who famously invented Magic: The Gathering. 

    In this episode we talk about designing and playtesting Magic, teaching, current projects, advice for future game designers, and lots more. Richard is brilliant and a pleasure to talk to. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.

    Current project: Half-Truth (Designed with Ken Jennings)

    Music by Kara Comparetto

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    • 1 hr 8 min

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