There’s only one way to celebrate this massive milestone – but we couldn’t rent an elephant. So instead we’re bringing back a fan favorite – Exiled! Remember that? The deckbuilding competition loosely based on Food Network’s show Chopped that Brian came up. Its only other appearance was on Episode 337 (the link is below) waaaaay back in September 2014. You should totally give it a listen first if you haven’t heard it yet!
On this go-round, your host dorks are playing the role of the judges so that we can grab some guests to be contestants! We’re joined by four suckers friends to go through four rounds of restrictive and insane deck construction. Those suckers friends are:
Bill Bloodworth (Squee) of Monday Night Magic & Enchant World – @SqueeGoblnNabob
Bryan Prillaman, recently (unjustly IMO) suspended L3 judge of JudgeCast – @BryanPrillaman
Chris Lansdell, reformed podcast whore and writer for StarCityGames – @lansdellicious
Andrew Hunt, longtime TMP listener, enthusiastic deckbuilder, Kickstarter backer – @IdleCommenter
Everyone get ready, because this episode went for an hour for every hundred episodes! That’s FOUR HOURS in case math & reading aren’t your strong suit. Be sure to check out the links below for the stuff we talked about in the episode, including the TappedOut page for all the decks our suckers friends built! And thank you all so much for getting us all the way to the big 400! We couldn’t have done it without you, and we love you all!
Ladies and gentlemen, this is truly something special! Because we recorded on the weekend, Brian and Dirk were unable to join us but don’t worry – I grabbed Bill and Cluze from Monday Night Magic to help us out. I reached out to Alex & Sharon Shaw from the School of Movies podcast and New Century audio drama series to join us, because this one is all about trying to make the Magic movie not suck a giant load of balls! Alex & Sharon talk about film adaptations of nerd culture films a LOT on their show, so they were perfect to bring on. Plus I LOVE their show and really wanted to have them on, so I made this topic up just for that purpose. And Cluze is a big fan of theirs too. And Bill consumes a RIDICULOUS amount of pop culture adaptations AND he’s in marketing. And Mike’s beard is AMAZING. So…yeah, that’s why we’re all here.
Seriously though, adapting a property into film is a dangerous prospect. Not only do you have all the normal problems, you also have to deal with another serious issue – US! The fans are JUST the worst. You know that. So with such an epic scope, you might notice that the episode has an epic length too. We covered how Magic has handled its story-telling over the years. We discuss potential problems that film adaptations have to watch out for. Alex gives us a list of things the Magic movie would need to be good. And of course we have plenty of tangents, movie discussions, and a borderline-unhealthy number of British colloquialisms. You know, because of the Brits.
Alex put the pre- and post-episode behind-the-scenes nonsense on his Patreon, but he made it public for all to enjoy! Be warned: it’s completely raw and uncensored. And let me know if you enjoy it, because I’m thinking about doing this sort of thing for my own Patreon! Check it out here – https://www.patreon.com/posts/magic-movie-at-3595168
After an unexpected hiatus last week, most of the dorks are back with a vengeance this week! Dirk is unforunately unable to join us, but we’ve got a replacement that is very much suited to the topic at hand. Chris Lansdell, former podcasting whore, is with us to talk coverage. Magic coverage has been a thing for a long time, and it’s been a fairly regular thing for a pretty good amount of time. But what would it take to get Magic coverage on mainstream sports stations? We’re tackling that discussion and all the tangential nonsense that goes with it!
The dorks are what the French call “sans Brian” this episode, but luckily Bill is able to join us! Yay Bill! We begin with a bit of news, like the Arena of the Planeswalkers board game and the sudden appearance and new information about Magic Duels. Get that Hearthstone money!
After that it’s just a mess of Magic Origins previews! The full set is out, and we’re just looking around at all the cool stuff. You know what? There’s a LOT of cool stuff in this freakin’ set! I mean a LOT. It’s unreal. Even the boring commons and uncommons are either really good or really fun. I can’t wait for the Prerelease!
Magic Origins Card Image Gallery – http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/magicorigins
After taking an unintentional week off, we’re back with another of our Kickstarter backers! This week Elliot Hunter (@erjhunter) joins us, and he’s awesome! We know this is a really long episode, just think of it as a bonus since you didn’t get a new episode last week.
First off there is a tiny bit of news involving the planeswalkers in Magic Origins! The ten planes that comprise their original planes and the destination of their first planejump! Then there’s the little matter of the draft pick heard ’round the world, Pascal Maynard’s pseudo-controversial GP Vegas Top 8 draft pick of a foil Tarmogoyf. To see how it’s doing now, click the link a little further down.
Elliot comes to us with an excellent idea that we’re totally going to steal from him. Of course, he basically stole it from us in the first place, so we’ll call it even. In Dirk’s Creature Corner, we like to point out how the various creatures (zombies/merfolk thus far) differ from plane to plane. But what if we did that for creatures that don’t really merit a Creature Corner? BRILLIANT! For the first edition of this segment Elliot wanted to cover one of the most iconic creatures that are found across most of the planes – GOBLINS! We’re bouncing from plane to plane and discussing how these little green (red?) men look, act, and whatever else in each one!