11/12/2010 LD: "The Great Developer Search"

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This thread is for discussion of this week's Latest Developments, which goes live Friday morning on magicthegathering.com.
Dear Tom:  How should I answer your poll?  I actively write about Magic, but am NOT published; I do it as a hobby.  The only place I have made these writings public (and only a few of them) is right here on these forums, which doesn't seem like it should count as "publishing".
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As far as the benefit of the rest of Magic is concerned, gold cards in Legends were executed perfectly. They got all the excitement a designer could hope out of a splashy new mechanic without using up any of the valuable design space. Truly amazing. --Aaron Forsythe's Random Card Comment on Kei Takahashi
Oh, wait; technically I suppose I have been published in the past, but that was just one puzzle for the community magazine--while it was still running--so it's not like it's anything major. Unless writing all those FAQs counts as 'publishing', anyway.

Come join me at No Goblins Allowed


Because frankly, being here depresses me these days.

I've written about Magic and been punished. <|:>
Dear Tom: I read your collumn every friday; however this is the first I post a reply on the forums

A couple of friend and I have a blog dedicated almost exclusively to the eternal formats (and to alternative formats as vintage-cube drafting). The blog began as a Vintage blog, but latter Legacy ended up dominating the published articles.

The mision of the blog is to give insides of the decks that dominates the format in our metagame (Santiago, Chile) and to show Tier 2-3 decks that also could appear in the oponent side of the table.

As an eternal commuty of players, we are people who love playing magic, but dont like the format-rotation of the contructed formats, so we play a lot of Legacy (and a little Vitange) and show our decks and strategies in the blog as a way to familiarize other players to the eternal formats and give each other ideas to improve the decks, strategy, among others, with the end to grow up as a community.

A tipical article began with a photo of the deck, a brief discussion of the strategy and the cards selected, the sideboard, and a report of a tornament.
 

The last article was a little bit different from a common article, a debate was open to discuss if "survival of the fittest" should or not be banned from Legacy. Some people think it should (but they are the least), other think that vengevines are the ones that should be banned (survival decks were ok before, so other survival based decks dont need to pay the brokeness of the vengeviness), and other people (myself included) think that for now the meta its almost ok the way it is, most of the players havent tested sufficient to the new archetype, and maybe they havent sideboarded correctly. I said that the meta is almost ok the way it is, because I hope the DCI instead of banning a card (survival o vengevine) or do nothing, they gave us back a banned card to battle the new survival with a combo. It could be super fun the return of the blue tutor, but could be almost anything else (the druid, the dragon, skullclamp, earthcraft, gush, etc, etc, etc..)

I hope you and the others guys of the forum could visit the blog and leave a messege or something. We write our articles in spanish (we are from Chile, we speak spanish), but that wont be an inconvenient
Dear Tom:  How should I answer your poll?  I actively write about Magic, but am NOT published; I do it as a hobby.  The only place I have made these writings public (and only a few of them) is right here on these forums, which doesn't seem like it should count as "publishing".

I'm exactly in the same situation. I write for fun, but I do write.
I could probably get one of my decklists in Magic Deck Vortex or something, since I'd most likely do it for free, but I don't. So I guess I don't get published. So we casual writters were left out, it seems...
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57817638 wrote:
I like storm crow because I really like crows in real life, as an animal, and the card isn't terribly stupid, but packs a good deal of nostalgia and also a chunck of the game's history. So it's perhaps one of the cards I have most affection to, but not because "lol storm crow is bad hurr hurr durr".
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56747598 wrote:
57295478 wrote:
Although I do assume you deliberately refer to them (DCI) as The Grand Imperial Convocation of Evil just for the purposes of making them sound like an ancient and terrible conspiracy.
Now, now. 1994 doesn't quite qualify as "ancient".
56734518 wrote:
Oh, it's a brilliant plan. You see, Bolas was travelling through shadowmoor, causing trouble, when he saw a Wickerbough Elder with its stylin' dead scarecrow hat. Now, Bolas being Bolas took the awesome hat and he put it on his head, but even with all his titanic powers of magic he couldn't make it fit. He grabbed some more scarecrows, but then a little kithkin girl asked if he was trying to build a toupee. "BY ALL THE POWERS IN THE MULTIVERSE!" he roared, "I WILL HAVE A HAT WORTHY OF MY GLORY." and so he went through his Dark Lore of Doom (tm) looking for something he could make into a hat that would look as stylish on him as a scarecrow does on a treefolk. He thought about the Phyrexians, but they were covered in goopy oil that would make his nonexistant hair greasy. He Tried out angels for a while but they didn't sit quite right. Then, he looked under "e" (because in the Elder Draconic alphabet, "e" for Eldrazi is right next to "h" for Hat) in his Dark Lore of Doom and saw depictions of the Eldrazi, and all their forms. "THIS SHALL BE MY HAT!" he declared, poking a picture of Emrakul, "AND WITH IT I WILL USHER IN A NEW AGE OF DARKNESS -- ER, I MEAN A NEW AGE OF FASHION!" And so Nicol Bolas masterminded the release of the Eldrazi.
57864098 wrote:
Rhox War Monk just flips pancakes, and if games have told us anything, it's that food = life.
56747598 wrote:
76973988 wrote:
This thread has gotten creepy. XP
Really? Really? The last couple days have been roughly every perverse fetish imaginable, but it only got "creepy" when speculation on Mother of Runes's mob affiliation came up?
76672808 wrote:
57864098 wrote:
57531048 wrote:
Nice mana base. Not really.
Yeah, really. If my deck was going to cost $1000+, I'd at least make it good.
99812049 wrote:
I like to think up what I consider clever names for my decks, only later to be laughed at by my wife. It kills me a little on the inside, but thats what marriage is about.
56816728 wrote:
56854588 wrote:
Of course, the best use [of tolaria west] is transmuting for the real Tolaria. ;)
Absolutely. I used to loose to my buddy's Banding deck for ages, it was then that I found out about Tolaria, and I was finally able win my first game.
70246459 wrote:
WOAH wait wait wait
56957928 wrote:
You know, being shallow and jusdgmental aside, "I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
56957928 wrote:
"I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
56957928 wrote:
Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates
56957928 wrote:
OH MY GOD
109874309 wrote:
The only way I'd cast this card is into a bonfire.
82032421 wrote:
The short answer is that there's no rule barring annoying people from posting, but there a rule barring us from harassing them about it.
56747598 wrote:
Browbeat is a card that is an appropriate deck choice when there's no better idea available. "No better idea available" was pretty much the running theme of Odyssey era.
56874518 wrote:
Or perhaps it was a more straightforward comment indicating a wish for you to be bitten (Perhaps repeatedly) by a small yet highly venomous arachnid.
70246459 wrote:
58280208 wrote:
You're an idiot, and I'm in no mood for silliness.
57817638 wrote:
57145078 wrote:
You just... Vektor it.
That's the answer to everything.
70246459 wrote:
58347268 wrote:
I think the problem is that you don't exist.
This would sound great out of context!
56965458 wrote:
Modern is like playing a new tournament every time : you build a deck, you win with it, don't bother keeping it. Just build another, its key pieces will get banned.
57864098 wrote:
57309598 wrote:
I specifically remember posting a thread when I was just a witty bitty noob.
You make it sound like that's still not the case.
58325628 wrote:
Rap is what happens when the c from crap is taken away.
Doug Beyer:
But sometimes it's also challenging. Because sometimes OH MY GOD, WHAT THE HELL IS THIS THING?
141434757 wrote:
Flashforward five thousand years (Click for atmosphere) :
57927608 wrote:
to paraphrase Jeff Goldblum, Vektor finds a way.
58347268 wrote:
when in rome **** AND PILLAGE
143229641 wrote:
I always find it helpful when im angry to dress up in an owl costume and rub pennies all over my body in front of a full body mirror next to the window.
Dymecoar:
Playing Magic without Blue is like sleeping without any sheets or blankets. You can do it...but why?
Omega137:
Me: "I love the moment when a control deck stabilizes. It feels so... right." Omega137: "I like the life drop part until you get there, it's the MtG variant of bungee jumping"
Zigeif777:
Just do it like Yu-Gi-Oh or monkeys: throw all the crap you got at them and hope it works or else the by-standers (or opponents) just get dirty and pissed.
57471038 wrote:
58258708 wrote:
It's true that Alpha and Beta didn't contain any cards like Tarmogoyf, Darksteel Colossus, or Platinum Angel. It just contained weak, insignificant cards like Black Lotus, Mox Sapphire, and Time Walk.
Normally it's difficult to pick up on your jokes/sarcasm. But this one's pretty much out there. Good progress. You have moved up to Humanoid. You'll be Human in no time.
91893448 wrote:
94618431 wrote:
I didn't know Samurai were known to be able to cut down whole armies...
They can when they're using lightsabers!
57129358 wrote:
97980259 wrote:
My wife brought home a baby black squirrel they found on a horse track and cared for it for a few days. We named it Grixis, but it died.
Unearth it!
70246459 wrote:
[/spoiler] And I'm on Magic Arcana. How about you? Oh, by the way, I'm also on From the Lab now. Twice, actually. And now with my own submited decklist!
Vektor et. al.,

Casual writers are NOT left out.  If there's a web site that only publishes tournament decks, find one that doesn't.  Bear in mind it's NOT enough just to throw a casual decklist up on a site; you have to demonstrate writing talent (or the other sorts of talents Tom was talking about).  

It's been a while since I wrote for this site, but it was still a wonderful experience, and I'm grateful for the opportunity.  I have no idea if I could have parlayed it into a developer or other job at Wizards - I never really wanted one, since my beloved career is as a public servant - but I can guarantee I knew just about all the people I needed to know, if that had been my interest.  For someone else (maybe you!), it could be an opening worth gunning for.

So if you want to walk this path, don't just whine about being "left out"!  Start writing, be engaging, add value, and see where it takes you. 

Best of luck,
Anthony Alongi
former Serious Fun column author 
Vektor et. al.,

Casual writers are NOT left out.  If there's a web site that only publishes tournament decks, find one that doesn't.  Bear in mind it's NOT enough just to throw a casual decklist up on a site; you have to demonstrate writing talent (or the other sorts of talents Tom was talking about).  

It's been a while since I wrote for this site, but it was still a wonderful experience, and I'm grateful for the opportunity.  I have no idea if I could have parlayed it into a developer or other job at Wizards - I never really wanted one, since my beloved career is as a public servant - but I can guarantee I knew just about all the people I needed to know, if that had been my interest.  For someone else (maybe you!), it could be an opening worth gunning for.

So if you want to walk this path, don't just whine about being "left out"!  Start writing, be engaging, add value, and see where it takes you. 

Best of luck,
Anthony Alongi
former Serious Fun column author 


I mean, left out of the poll. Not left out of the world of Magic writting nor anything like that.

I really have no intention of following this career either, besides the fact that I also live in a different country and could never live near WotC's headquarters. I just wanted to know what to answer. I'm not complainning about not being recognized as a writter nor anything along these lines.

Either way, thank you very much for the nod, I'll still write a bit when I feel like it, but I have no intention of dedicating myself too much for it.

Thanks again Anthony, and it's nice to hear from you after a while! I really liked most of our articles and if I had the same writting abillity you do, I would consider investing more in it.

OMG click HERE! OMG! How to autocard and use decklist format
--->
For autocarding, write [c][/c] with the name of the card inside it. [c]Island[/c] = Island For linking a card to Gatherer without writting the name of said card for readers, use the autocard brackets together with and equal sign and right the name of the real card. Then put the message you want inside the tags, like you would do with autocarding. Like this: [c=Curse of the Cabal]Captain Never-resolves[/c] = Captain Never-resolves For using the decklist format, follow this: [deck] 4* Terramorphic Expanse 4* Evolving Wilds ... [/deck] It equals:
Real signature, Sblocked for space:
57817638 wrote:
I like storm crow because I really like crows in real life, as an animal, and the card isn't terribly stupid, but packs a good deal of nostalgia and also a chunck of the game's history. So it's perhaps one of the cards I have most affection to, but not because "lol storm crow is bad hurr hurr durr".
Listen to my SoundCloud while you read my signature. The Island, Come And See, The Landlord's Daughter, You'll Not Feel The Drowning - The Decemberists by vimschy IMAGE(http://dragcave.net/image/rkvR.gif)IMAGE(http://dragcave.net/image/L3es.gif) IMAGE(http://dragcave.net/image/m71H.gif)
Quotes
56747598 wrote:
57295478 wrote:
Although I do assume you deliberately refer to them (DCI) as The Grand Imperial Convocation of Evil just for the purposes of making them sound like an ancient and terrible conspiracy.
Now, now. 1994 doesn't quite qualify as "ancient".
56734518 wrote:
Oh, it's a brilliant plan. You see, Bolas was travelling through shadowmoor, causing trouble, when he saw a Wickerbough Elder with its stylin' dead scarecrow hat. Now, Bolas being Bolas took the awesome hat and he put it on his head, but even with all his titanic powers of magic he couldn't make it fit. He grabbed some more scarecrows, but then a little kithkin girl asked if he was trying to build a toupee. "BY ALL THE POWERS IN THE MULTIVERSE!" he roared, "I WILL HAVE A HAT WORTHY OF MY GLORY." and so he went through his Dark Lore of Doom (tm) looking for something he could make into a hat that would look as stylish on him as a scarecrow does on a treefolk. He thought about the Phyrexians, but they were covered in goopy oil that would make his nonexistant hair greasy. He Tried out angels for a while but they didn't sit quite right. Then, he looked under "e" (because in the Elder Draconic alphabet, "e" for Eldrazi is right next to "h" for Hat) in his Dark Lore of Doom and saw depictions of the Eldrazi, and all their forms. "THIS SHALL BE MY HAT!" he declared, poking a picture of Emrakul, "AND WITH IT I WILL USHER IN A NEW AGE OF DARKNESS -- ER, I MEAN A NEW AGE OF FASHION!" And so Nicol Bolas masterminded the release of the Eldrazi.
57864098 wrote:
Rhox War Monk just flips pancakes, and if games have told us anything, it's that food = life.
56747598 wrote:
76973988 wrote:
This thread has gotten creepy. XP
Really? Really? The last couple days have been roughly every perverse fetish imaginable, but it only got "creepy" when speculation on Mother of Runes's mob affiliation came up?
76672808 wrote:
57864098 wrote:
57531048 wrote:
Nice mana base. Not really.
Yeah, really. If my deck was going to cost $1000+, I'd at least make it good.
99812049 wrote:
I like to think up what I consider clever names for my decks, only later to be laughed at by my wife. It kills me a little on the inside, but thats what marriage is about.
56816728 wrote:
56854588 wrote:
Of course, the best use [of tolaria west] is transmuting for the real Tolaria. ;)
Absolutely. I used to loose to my buddy's Banding deck for ages, it was then that I found out about Tolaria, and I was finally able win my first game.
70246459 wrote:
WOAH wait wait wait
56957928 wrote:
You know, being shallow and jusdgmental aside, "I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
56957928 wrote:
"I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people"
56957928 wrote:
Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates
56957928 wrote:
OH MY GOD
109874309 wrote:
The only way I'd cast this card is into a bonfire.
82032421 wrote:
The short answer is that there's no rule barring annoying people from posting, but there a rule barring us from harassing them about it.
56747598 wrote:
Browbeat is a card that is an appropriate deck choice when there's no better idea available. "No better idea available" was pretty much the running theme of Odyssey era.
56874518 wrote:
Or perhaps it was a more straightforward comment indicating a wish for you to be bitten (Perhaps repeatedly) by a small yet highly venomous arachnid.
70246459 wrote:
58280208 wrote:
You're an idiot, and I'm in no mood for silliness.
57817638 wrote:
57145078 wrote:
You just... Vektor it.
That's the answer to everything.
70246459 wrote:
58347268 wrote:
I think the problem is that you don't exist.
This would sound great out of context!
56965458 wrote:
Modern is like playing a new tournament every time : you build a deck, you win with it, don't bother keeping it. Just build another, its key pieces will get banned.
57864098 wrote:
57309598 wrote:
I specifically remember posting a thread when I was just a witty bitty noob.
You make it sound like that's still not the case.
58325628 wrote:
Rap is what happens when the c from crap is taken away.
Doug Beyer:
But sometimes it's also challenging. Because sometimes OH MY GOD, WHAT THE HELL IS THIS THING?
141434757 wrote:
Flashforward five thousand years (Click for atmosphere) :
57927608 wrote:
to paraphrase Jeff Goldblum, Vektor finds a way.
58347268 wrote:
when in rome **** AND PILLAGE
143229641 wrote:
I always find it helpful when im angry to dress up in an owl costume and rub pennies all over my body in front of a full body mirror next to the window.
Dymecoar:
Playing Magic without Blue is like sleeping without any sheets or blankets. You can do it...but why?
Omega137:
Me: "I love the moment when a control deck stabilizes. It feels so... right." Omega137: "I like the life drop part until you get there, it's the MtG variant of bungee jumping"
Zigeif777:
Just do it like Yu-Gi-Oh or monkeys: throw all the crap you got at them and hope it works or else the by-standers (or opponents) just get dirty and pissed.
57471038 wrote:
58258708 wrote:
It's true that Alpha and Beta didn't contain any cards like Tarmogoyf, Darksteel Colossus, or Platinum Angel. It just contained weak, insignificant cards like Black Lotus, Mox Sapphire, and Time Walk.
Normally it's difficult to pick up on your jokes/sarcasm. But this one's pretty much out there. Good progress. You have moved up to Humanoid. You'll be Human in no time.
91893448 wrote:
94618431 wrote:
I didn't know Samurai were known to be able to cut down whole armies...
They can when they're using lightsabers!
57129358 wrote:
97980259 wrote:
My wife brought home a baby black squirrel they found on a horse track and cared for it for a few days. We named it Grixis, but it died.
Unearth it!
70246459 wrote:
[/spoiler] And I'm on Magic Arcana. How about you? Oh, by the way, I'm also on From the Lab now. Twice, actually. And now with my own submited decklist!
Best of luck,
Anthony Alongi
former Serious Fun column author 



Greetings, dear Bureaucrat Advisor of my beloved state.  Give Turquoise a pat on the head for me.  :D

PS: Since Tommy the Pill hasn't answered my question within 48 hours, I've gone ahead and voted on the assumption that my forum writing does count, even though it probably shouldn't.  (On the flipside, of something that fits "published" but arguably not "writing", my one time in print to date is when I submitted a couple joke cards to Inquest magazine, back during the original Mirrodin: "Sobad, Gungan Tinkerer" and "Geth Sidious")
My New Phyrexia Writing Credits My M12 Writing Credits
As far as the benefit of the rest of Magic is concerned, gold cards in Legends were executed perfectly. They got all the excitement a designer could hope out of a splashy new mechanic without using up any of the valuable design space. Truly amazing. --Aaron Forsythe's Random Card Comment on Kei Takahashi
I forgot to post the address of the aforementioned blog

manadrain.blogspot.com/

regards!
If I had an idea for a mechanic, where would I post that so that it could be considered for use?
If I had an idea for a mechanic, where would I post that so that it could be considered for use?

You could try the Great Designer Search 2 wiki pages. If you suggest it in one of the top eight contestants' challenge pages, your mechanic could be picked up and used by them in an upcoming challenge. In addition, according to twitter traffic, Magic designers Mark Rosewater and Ken Nagle appear to be reading the wiki, so your mechanic might be "considered for use" just by being there.
Best of luck,
Anthony Alongi
former Serious Fun column author 



Greetings, dear Bureaucrat Advisor of my beloved state.  Give Turquoise a pat on the head for me.  :D





I will do that.  Turquoise will enjoy the attention - her lousy younger sister (Pearl, pictured as my avatar in Halloween dinosaur costume...RAWWWRRR!), has been far too adorable lately.

AA
Would it be possible to post some of those "best decks" that you made from the weird cards?  I love seeing tournament pros try their hand at Johnny-style decks.
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