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!
Q:Will the Worldbuilding Panel be available on Twitch (or YouTube) after it actually airs? (In case you can't tell from the nature of the question, I don't know how Twitch works.)
I’m told the panel is airing ON THE PAX2 (EDIT: pax2, not pax) TWITCH CHANNEL, not the usual Magic Twitch channel, so if that’s right, you’ll be going here:
(as opposed to Magic’s Twitch channel, http://www.twitch.tv/magic)
So at 1:30 PM Pacific time (4:30 Eastern, other times at other places), tune in. Watch us REVEAL THINGS. Flavor, worldbuilding, storyline, revelations, yes!
THOSE OF YOU AT PAX SHOULD BE COMING TO THE PANEL, THOUGH. I want to see your glowing faces! Even if you are still recovering from the Magic party last night!
Hedgehog Theater in the Grand Hyatt, 1:30 PM. Come early.
Anyway, I won’t be checking the stream, because that would be weird, because I’ll actually be talking on the panel. But if there’s some issue with these instructions, please help your fellow Magic fan by posting in the comments.
The panel will be posted later on YouTube, probably after about a week! YAY VIEWING THINGS
Q:Is it too, er, corporately sensitive (?) to ask how many people have come onto the Creative team in anticipation of the New Block Order? Or maybe just in terms of a 5% increase, 10%, 30%? This seems like a really big step up for you guys in terms of workload, and I think lots of us got the impression you were already a bit hard pressed, at least in terms of less 'essential' stuff like the books.
We’ve been steadily adding resources to the creative team. Management knew that all of R&D — but Creative in particular — would have to staff up to meet the demands of two blocks per year, and I’m happy to report that we’ve been doing just that. (At PAX you’ll see my colleague Ari Levitch, for example, who’s one of the awesome new hires who’s come on since we started work on Tarkir.)
I feel like this is where I’m supposed to say something reassuring and corporate-robotic like “WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING THE UNIQUE CHALLENGES OF CREATING TWO BLOCKS EVERY YEAR, THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION, CITIZEN. *beep boop*” But actually, I mean, we’ve already been doing it for the better part of a year now. So yeah. I live in the future, and I can tell you IT IS GOING TO BE FREAKY AWESOME. CITIZEN.
Q:Is Sarkhan nail paint fanservice for tumblr readers that wear nailpaint?
It’s actually FINGERNAIL CONTINUITY. The last time we saw Sarkhan, on Zendikar as “Sarkhan the Mad” in Rise of the Eldrazi, he had dark-painted nails. He’s still gripped by madness when we the curtain opens on Khans of Tarkir, so we wanted to keep visual similarity with that shot of him from Rise.
Sarkhan the Mad (detail) - Art by Chippy
But I mean, if Sarkhan’s style choices make you happy, awesome.
Art by Volkan Baga
Q:Me and a friend are having an argument. You know, a nerd argument. Wondering if we can get a simple yes or no answer to a simple question. Again, no need to go in any detail, in fact I would prefer you not; just a yes or no: Do Flamekin poop?
Not like we do.
Q:Hey Doug. So the Planar Chaos Dragons were alternate versions of the Elder Dragons. So why did they not have type Elder Dragon? Could we see the cycle truly complete in coming months? ;)
The Planar Chaos dragons were meant to be alternate-history versions of the Invasion cycle of dragons, not the elder dragons from Legends (think Rith, the Awakener et al.). Those guys didn’t have the Elder subtype, so neither did their alternate versions.
Q:Today's Uncharted Realms is great, please convey my appreciation to Jennifer Clarke-Wilkes if you can. One of the arts revealed in it has Sarkhan, apparently under duress, while a glowing red dragon-spirit hisses in his ear. It doesn't look like Bolas, so let me ask: is this our first direct glimpse of Ugin? (Feel free to respond with a sunset here, I like sunset pictures)
INTRIGUING. HMM. Here’s Jennifer’s story, “The Madness of Sarkhan,” which includes some never-before-seen art, in case you haven’t read it yet:
For more background on what’s going on in that art and that story, everybody should (PLUG PLUG) watch the PAX panel on Sunday! (And come to the Magic PAX party Saturday night, if you’ll be in Seattle!)
But yeah, for now, um:
Puget Sound, WA, May, 2014
Somebody set this to Raymond Scott’s “Powerhouse” STAT