Q:Just wanted to thank you and all of creative for somehow fitting such depth in detail on every magic card. I run a few D&D games, and whenever I'm looking for inspiration for an adventure, I head to the gatherer and click random card. Most of the time, the first card that shows up gives me enough ideas for a whole campaign. It's great. Keep it up, and thanks.
That’s so cool! What a great use of the game’s deep well of detail.
Here’s the Gatherer “random card” function, for those of you who might need a bit of creative inspiration, or for those who just want to see what odd tale Gatherer might spin:
What’s the shortest number of clicks that’ve created an interesting story for you, using only randomly-selected Magic cards? What’s the longest chain you’ve clicked through that felt coherent-ish?
Q:Hello Doug! Is there a particular reason we see the Kor so infrequently? I'm sure they exist on more planes than just Zendikar and Dominaria, right? I'd just like more opportunities to someday see legendary and planeswalker Kor! :)
We like kor. They just haven’t felt like they’ve made sense on worlds since Zendikar, though (Mirrodin, Innistrad, Ravnica, Theros, Tarkir). I’m curious what worlds we’ve visited you think kor might’ve belonged on? Maybe new ones in the Core Set (har har)?
Q:So then we'll get a glorious return of Angels in set #3? No? *Sigh* As an angel fan who returned during Theros (and thus missed Innistrad), this stings more than you think.
Q:Hello Doug! So I noticed the angels have cashed in a two block vacation with no Theros or Tarkir appearances ;-) Could we get some creative goodness on why no angels on Tarkir?
We thought about it. A lot. In the end it came down to the fact that we wanted the sky of Tarkir to be relatively clear, to give the sense that this world is really bereft of its impressive, glorious, flying predators. Angels took the world in this weird direction, where there was this other important, obvious being to revere, you know? They would have filled a gap for the setting that we wanted to remain unfilled. And storywise, we wanted Sarkhan to return here, still needing to find that idealized, glorious sky-critter he’s always sought—and we wanted it to sting when he fails to find it.
Still, I get that it stings in its own way, because angels are awesome, and we felt they didn’t fit in Theros either. Never fear. They’ll be back.
Q:Can you please explain the decision process that lead to the Nagas having the creature type "Naga" rather than "Snake"? The Orochi from Kamigawa were snakes, so what makes the Naga different enough to give them their own creature type?
We felt Nagas were like the Minotaur type, or Pegasus, or Centaur. There’s another animal type that they could have, but the term is broadly-recognized enough, and prominent enough in mythology and fantasy, that it was worth distinguishing them from their animal compatriots. Taxonomy on the type line is always tricky and full of judgment calls, but we thought investing in Naga as its own type was worth the disconnect with the orochi.
Q:So, in Sorin's Revelation, we hear mention of Nahiri again and this time in the context of both Sorin, Ugin, and the Eldrazi threat... hmmmm. Does she perhaps like stone manipulation?
HMMMMM INDEEDILY. Another piece of the puzzle, it would seem.
There may be more puzzle pieces falling into place in the coming weeks.
If you haven’t checked out Adam Lee’s great story about Sorin on Tarkir, be sure to do so:
Q:Come back Doug, we miss you.
*tips head in*
HI IS EVERYBODY ENJOYING KHANS
ARE YOU PRERELEASING
WHAT CLAN DID YOU PLAY AND WHAT CRAZY THING HAPPENED WHEN YOU DID SO
I HOPE YOU’RE HAVING FUNTIMES thank you for all your notes I’m alive I’ve just been nutso busy working like a whirlwind combined with a person like with papers flying around everywhere and each piece of paper has a bunch of details of secret future projects on it and I sort of look like Thousand Winds but papery and I just realized that card blew me out so many times in playtesting and it’s hilarious that its name is now about wind maybe that was subconscious moving-air humor on our part anyway I hope you’re discovering fun with Magic cards and friends I LOVE YOU
R&D Digital Art Director Position
Got some art direction chops? Here’s a job opportunity from my Creative Team colleague Colin Kawakami!
Hello, my name is Colin, and I’m the Creative Manager for the Magic R&D art silo.
We’ve opened a place within R&D for a digital Art Director, a position that is critical for Magic’s future success in the digital space. With that in mind, we’re going as wide as possible in our search for candidates. That’s not to say we won’t be stringent in our requirements, or who we reach out to… on the contrary, that’s one reason you’re reading this; one of our strict requirements is that this person is familiar with the Magic Online experience, with our strong preference that this person be a thoughtful and dedicated MTGO player. Please go and look at our full job description here:
Q:Really great panel you had! It's easy to dismiss MTG to be "just" a card game, but Creative countinue to amaze me with the amount of work being put in to bring detail, depth and diversity to countless worlds and characters, both old and new. Not bad considering the medium.
Thank you so much! We were very happy with how the panel went. So fun. And thanks to everyone who stood in line to come hang out and talk flavor, and to everyone who carved out a piece of their Sunday to tune in on Twitch.tv! I also enjoyed meeting many of you at the party and after the panel. I have many great questions about Tarkir in my inbox, and I’ll try to get answering soon.
OLD MAN: *looks down from balcony in stocking cap* “What’s this? You there! What day is it?”
CHARMING URCHIN: *calls up* “Why, it’s Sunday, sir! It’s the day of the Magic Worldbuilding Panel at ye olde PAX convention, at 1:30 PM in the Hedgehog Theater!”
OLD MAN: *hastens into robe* “Well then there’s no time to delay! Start the engine, ragamuffin! TO THE CONVENTION CENTER!”
CHARMING URCHIN: “Technically the Hedgehog Theater is in the Grand Hyatt, sir, adjacent to the Convention Center!”
OLD MAN: “Okay yeah but I was going to check out some more of the booths before lining up BUT YES YOU’RE RIGHT WE DO WANT TO GET THERE EARLY because seating is limited!”
CHARMING URCHIN: *guns engine of car he’s now apparently in* *leans out window* “Hey. Don’t I get a turkey or a goose or something?”
OLD MAN: “You got fetchlands, what else do you want?”
We’re very excited to show you all kinds of goodies about Khans of Tarkir. Come to our panel, ragamuffins!