Gathering the Magic

Magic: The Gathering is a card game and your goal is to knock your opponent down to zero points. But Magic: The Gathering also has a deep mythology about an infinite number of parallel worlds. Eric Molinsky of Imaginary Worlds looks at why this handheld card game has survived the onslaught of competition from digital games, and how the designers at Wizards of the Coast create a sense of story and world-building within a non-sequential card game.

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Imaginary Worlds is produced and hosted by Eric Molinsky. Stephanie Billman is the Assistant Producer.

For this episode, Eric Molinsky talked to Mark Rosewater, Brady Dommermuth, Alli Medwin, James Wyatt, Liz Leo and Nathaniel Bael.

Comments (4)


  1. Prof59

    Glad to hear the MtG topic discussed. I just have a couple of quibbles.
    You guys go on and on about the story, th flavor, the narrative. I’ve been playing 25 years. Kitchen table, comic book store, prereleases, pro tournaments. I have never, ever, once met any player who cared at all about the story. All they care about is what the cards do, period. I’m sure Mark Rosewater believes what he says, but the players are not interested.
    Players do not want the novelizations, either. At one tournament, novels were given away as prizes, and no one even wanted them for free.
    Please go on making the stories, but it is spitting into the wond, I promise.
    Also, the woman who was upset when a kid told her he didn’t think girls like Magic. She can’t possibly be so blind not to notice that in a room of 500 players, there are 10 females. And half of those are girlfriends of players who dragged them there. I’m all for more girl players, but seriously, it is not the demographic, and she has to know that.

  2. Tricia

    Roman, you just made me so happy! Thank you for including your boys in this episode; I’ve really missed hearing from them.
    A very happy New Year to all at 99pi

  3. Chris Tedin

    Great show, as always. I sent a link to my brother, Mark Tedin, who designed many of the first cards in the beginning. Love your show. Been listening since the beginning.

  4. Jason MEGRELIS

    So so good, and very inspiring. What a nice one !
    Appreciated every moments of it.

    Best wishes for the year to come from France.

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