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!
For the final episode of 2016 we’ve decided to take it easy. We’re starting off with a listener-supplied Magic Mad Lib, sent in by Lvl99Luck. It’s pretty great. From there it’s on to a few more Aether Revolt previews. Then we’re going over some feedback on last week’s episode, both from Mike and the listeners! It turns out we came up with some entertaining and controversial ideas last week and several of you wanted to weigh in, which we love! Keep it coming!
Quicksmith Spy: http://media.wizards.com/2016/email/Uw4Ba8_aer_preview/Tn6Vw24gUi_AER_CardFrame_WAS.jpg
Consulate Crackdown: http://magic.wizards.com/en/products/aether-revolt-story
Tezzeret the Schemer: https://twitter.com/blakepr/status/810903551933292548
First we have to talk about Ajani’s upcoming induction into the Gatewatch, since it was revealed today and all. We’re not sure how close we got when we made up an Oath for Ajani, feel free to let us know!
After that we’re looking forward to Aether Revolt! And we’re speculating WILDLY! We’re trying to figure out what exactly we’d like to see in the new set. We’re starting with the mechanics of Kaladesh and trying to determine how we’d like to see them (if at all) evolve when the Revolt happens. Between Fabricate, Vehicles, Energy, and even wilder speculation about other cards or mechanics we’ve got a lot of stuff to kick around. Let us know what you’d like to see in Aether Revolt!
Oath of Ajani & Standard Showdown Decks – http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/standard-showdown-decks-and-oath-live-2016-12-15
After taking a week off for the Prerelease episode, we had to come back with something big and awesome. And Brian came up with the perfect idea! We’ve done episodes like this before, making Magic cards out of our favorite video games, TV shows, movies, and books (links below). So rather than going for a different kind of media, we’re going to tackle historical figures!
Each dork did some homework, coming up with a variety of ideas for cards based on historical figures. Brian made fully fleshed-out cards, Mike & Chewie made skeletons of some cards, with the basic idea figured out but that’s about it. And Dirk came at it from the other direction, matching up historical figures with the mechanics of Magic!
Plus Chewie just had to make some historical villains. Sigh. Continue reading