This episode begins with Brian and Mike regaling us with the tale of their adventures in the blighted, frozen wasteland of Atlanta. They went to GP Atlanta, in case you didn’t know. Between the main event, side events, meeting some of you guys, and the prize wall they’ve got plenty to tell! Sealed, Draft, Commander, and even Legacy all come into play!
After that we’re doing a segment we haven’t seen in a good long while. It has gone by many names, but this time we’re simply calling it a Flavor Fight! The Random Card button in Gatherer gave us 8 rare non-legendary contestants, and we pitch them against each other in a single elimination tournament! We’re ignoring card stats and going right to the art and flavor of the card to determine the winner! These are always a lot of fun, so let us know what you think!
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
This episode begins with a brief recap of the Magic Origins Prerelease that Mike and Chewie went to. Then we head over to the San Diego Comic-Con Magic panel, which was really just about story and flavor. Fun stuff.
After that we go into Brian’s topic idea, and boy is it a good one. Since Magic Origins seems to be so universally lauded, we figure it won’t be too long until WotC decides to do Magic Origins 2. So we’re checking out the remaining planeswalkers and trying to figure out whose origin should be spotlighted! Along the way we’ll design a few of the Legendary Creature halves of these new transforming Walkers, talk about some of the origin stories we may or may not already know, and ramble on about whatever else comes to mind. Let us know who you guys would want to see!
The dorks are joined by another Kickstarter backer this week, Stark Maximum! Stark has a thing for the flavor of the game, so he has two very Vorthosy topics for us to discuss! First, he wants to discuss everyone’s favorite italicized words, flavor text! He and the dorks talk about some of their favorite flavor texts, touch on a few different kinds (flavors?) of flavor text, and discuss some of the characters who first made their mark on the game of Magic in italics.
From there, Stark steers us into a more general discussion about planeswalkers. But we’re chatting about planeswalkers not as cards, but as actual characters. We poke around some of the story that surrounds some of the walkers, discuss the planeswalkers who, as Stark put it, have A story but don’t fit into THE story. You know, stuff like that.
This episode was a fun one and we hope everyone enjoys! Let us know about your favorite flavor text and planeswalker (as a character not as a card).
Welcome to the Peculiar Flavor Roundu… No, that’s not what this is. Welcome to Unmapped Domains, an entity legally distinct from any “uncharted” “realms” that you may have read elsewhere on the Internet. Take note, kids, this Peculiar Flavor article is rated PG-13 for some adulty-type situations.
Real Talk: This is a work of parody. No ownership is claimed of any characters, concepts, or art developed by Wizards of the Coast.
Every day at Peculiar Flavor, we bring you rejected flavor text from some of your “favorite” Magic cards, but I was on vacation last week, so no rejected flavor text for you! Instead, I have a short story special that was posted to the Peculiar Flavor tumblr in five parts. Read to the conclusion to see this week’s super-special “preview” card. Without further ado, I present:
by Myke Okuhara