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Episode 466 – Brand Expansion (The MTG MMO Episode)

On the day this episode was recorded, it was announced that Cryptic Studios is working on a Magic: The Gathering Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game! This is absolutely unprecedented in MTG’s history of licensing, and we decided to do an entire episode about it! We’re beginning with Dirk’s extensive MMO experience! He goes on at length about what Magic’s world and mechanics could bring the MMO genre, and the rest of us pipe up whenever we have something to add.

After all the rampant speculation, it’s time to talk about the dark side of all this. There has been a massive negative reaction to this from the MTG community, and it’s because nerds are, I’m sorry to say, terrible people when it comes to the properties that they nerd over.

After that we’re going over as many of the other ways MTG has attempted to expand its brand over the years as we can remember. Old video games, books & comics, a miniatures game, Jones Planeswalker Soda…just whatever. Be sure to let us know if we missed any good ones!

Announcement/Interview article – http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2017-07-06-taking-an-ip-and-making-it-your-own
Cryptic Studios – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptic_Studios
MTG Video Games – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic:_The_Gathering_video_games


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  1. Aaron Goodwine
    June 13, 2017 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    I say let people play what they want. However vorthos-wise I’m not sure an MMO is the right fit. In lore, planeswalkers are exceedingly rare. I’m not sure it makes sense that a “massive” amount of them are running around.

    • June 13, 2017 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

      True, but there’s literally no way to make that one bit of the lore fit with the game. So for the greater good of making a game, you have to ignore that part. And the kind of people that are bothered by that little thing won’t be happy with the way the game handles the license regardless of how they do it, so I doubt Cryptic will care.

    • June 14, 2017 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

      To be fair, that flavor disconnect also exists to a certain extent in the current game. Every single player is also a planeswalker, and we’re all still a lot closer to a pre-Mending power level than the current set of storyline characters. It’s just something we have to politely ignore in order to get things to work properly.

  2. Aaron Goodwine
    June 13, 2017 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I’m sure it’ll be an afterthought if anything. And more power to them to make the game and hopefully it’ll be awesome. Just if I was in the room when Wizards was planning their licensing deals that would’ve been my two cents.

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