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May 29, 2020
Erik is my equivalent in set design. He and I talk about our many years of making Magic together.
May 29, 2020
I talk to product architect Mark Heggen to explain how he got into the game and just what exactly he does for Magic.
May 21, 2020
In this podcast, I talk to Brian Weissman, an old-school pro player. He and I talk about the early days of the game as well as how he created the first Magic deck to ever get a name.
May 21, 2020
In this podcast, I talk to Bill Rose, the vice president of Tabletop Magic. Bill and I have worked together for 25 years.
May 15, 2020
In this podcast, I talk to Meghan Wolf and Maria Bartholdi of Good Luck, High Five.
May 15, 2020
In this podcast, I talk to Brian Lewis (aka The Professor) of Tolarian Community College.
May 8, 2020
Donald Smith Jr. is a member of the Play Design team, and I talk with him about what Play Design does.
May 8, 2020
For years, this has been the number-one request for a carpool guest for the podcast, but as Richard doesn't live near me, nor work at Wizards anymore, it's been an unobtainable goal. Thus, he seemed like a great guest for my at-home edition where I could call him on the phone. Richard and I talk about the design of Alpha.
April 30, 2020
Matt Place had so much to say, we had to do a second podcast.
April 30, 2020
In this podcast, I interview Matt Place, a former pro player and Magic R&D member.
April 24, 2020
I also interview Chris who is another GDS3 alum and another person I work closely with on the Vision Design team. As with Ari, we talk about what it’s like being a Magic player from the outside that became an insider.
April 24, 2020
In another of my interview series, I interview Ari Nieh, winner of the Great Designer Search 3 and someone I work closely with on the Vision Design team. We talk about his early days of Magic, GDS3, and what it's like to work in R&D.
April 17, 2020
In this podcast, I'm interviewing Annie Sardelis, one of the members of the Creative team.
April 17, 2020
In this podcast, I'm interviewing my boss and longtime Magic collaborator, Aaron Forsythe.
April 10, 2020
This podcast is part 2 of my interview with Michael Ryan. We continue talking about the making of the Weatherlight Saga.
April 10, 2020
I've started recording "Drive to Work" from home due to the pandemic, so I decided to use the opportunity to do something that's hard to do in the car, interview people over the phone. This podcast is part one of a talk I have with Michael Ryan, my fellow co-creator of the Weatherlight Saga. We talk about how we made the story, including many of the characters.
April 3, 2020
This is the fifth part of a series (of five) of card-by-card design stories from Theros Beyond Death.
April 3, 2020
This is the fourth part of a series (of five) of card-by-card design stories from Theros Beyond Death.
March 27, 2020
This is another podcast in my two-color philosophy series. This time, I talk blue-red.
March 27, 2020
This is the third part of a series (of five) of card-by-card design stories from Theros Beyond Death.
March 27, 2020
This is the third part of a series (of five) of card-by-card design stories from Theros Beyond Death.
March 20, 2020
This is the second part of a series (of five) of card-by-card design stories from Theros Beyond Death.
March 20, 2020
This is the first part of a series (of five) of card-by-card design stories from Theros Beyond Death.
March 20, 2020
This is the first part of a series (of five) of card-by-card design stories from Theros Beyond Death.
March 13, 2020
In this podcast, I talk about what I consider to be my top 10 Magic blocks.
March 13, 2020
This podcast is another in my two-color philosophy series. This time, I start talking about my first enemy color pair, white-black.
March 13, 2020
This podcast is another in my two-color philosophy series. This time, I start talking about my first enemy color pair, white-black.
March 6, 2020
This is another trivia podcast. I ask about elements of Magic and see if you can identify whether it was part of Magic at the start of the game back in Alpha.
March 6, 2020
My eldest daughter and I traveled to New York City to attend Broadwaycon. This podcast talks all about it and how it made me rethink how I do Magic design.
March 6, 2020
My eldest daughter and I traveled to New York City to attend Broadwaycon. This podcast talks all about it and how it made me rethink how I do Magic design.
February 28, 2020
This is part five in my ten-part series on two-color philosophies. In this podcast, I talk about green-white.
February 28, 2020
In this podcast, I talk about the challenges of making silver-bordered cards.
February 28, 2020
In this podcast, I talk about the challenges of making silver-bordered cards.
February 21, 2020
This is part two of a two-part series on the design of Unsanctioned. In it, I walk through the designs of all sixteen of the new cards.
February 21, 2020
This is part one of a two-part series on the design of Unsanctioned. In it, I walk through the designs of all sixteen of the new cards.
February 21, 2020
This is part one of a two-part series on the design of Unsanctioned. In it, I walk through the designs of all sixteen of the new cards.
February 14, 2020
This podcast is another in my two-color philosophy series.
February 14, 2020
This podcast is part two of a two-part series on a Head-to-Head I did on Twitter about possible changes to the Commander format.
February 14, 2020
This podcast is part two of a two-part series on a Head-to-Head I did on Twitter about possible changes to the Commander format.
February 7, 2020
In this podcast, I talk about the design of Theros Beyond Death.
February 7, 2020
This podcast is part one of a two-part series on a Head-to-Head I did on Twitter about possible changes to the Commander format.
February 7, 2020
This podcast is part one of a two-part series on a Head-to-Head I did on Twitter about possible changes to the Commander format.
January 31, 2020
In this podcast, I talk about a phenomenon known as success paralysis where being successful can discourage you from embracing change.
January 31, 2020
This is another in my two-color philosophy series. This time I talk black-red.
January 24, 2020
This is part four of a four-part series of card-by-card design stories from Tempest.
January 24, 2020
This is part three of a four-part series of card-by-card design stories from Tempest.
January 17, 2020
This is the second, of ten, in my two-color philosophy series.
January 17, 2020
This is part two of a four-part series of card-by-card design stories from Tempest.
January 10, 2020
This is part one of a four-part series of card-by-card design stories from Tempest.
January 10, 2020
What are the top 50 creature types in order of how often they show up on Magic cards? In this podcast, I give listeners clues for guessing as I go through the list.
January 3, 2020
This is the first in a series on the two-color pairs. I begin by examining white-blue.
January 3, 2020
In this podcast, I talk about an aspect of Magic that's core to trading card games and can influence how we design sets—collecting.
December 20, 2019
In this podcast, I talk about a popular topic from my blog about why Magic worlds aren't all as diverse as Dominaria.
December 20, 2019
This is my first podcast of a new series where I talk about various members of the Magic community that produce content. I'm going to start by talking about Maria and Meghan of the "Good Luck, High Five" podcast.
December 13, 2019
Part of Magic design is reusing things you've used before. This podcast talks all about when and how we reuse things in design.
December 13, 2019
In this podcast, I talk about the many different ways we've evolved the planeswalker card type since its introduction.
December 6, 2019
This podcast talks about when you have to change what you're doing in a design. I give numerous examples of designs where we ended up making big changes.
December 6, 2019
In this podcast, I examine all of our major planes and talk about the most important part of the plane from a design and flavor perspective.
November 27, 2019
What are the 50 words that show up in the most Magic card titles? In this podcast, I go through that list and talk a bit about how we name cards.
November 27, 2019
I'm trying something new, what I'm calling a cluster podcast, where I pick a topic and talk about a whole bunch of little topics in that category. For my first cluster podcast, I have chosen to talk about food.
November 22, 2019
This is part four of a four-part series on card-by-card design stories from Throne of Eldraine.
November 22, 2019
This is part three of a four-part series on card-by-card design stories from Throne of Eldraine.
November 18, 2019
This podcast talks about why we can't easily meet every request.
November 18, 2019
This podcast is about the similarities and differences between artifacts and enchantments, and how they've changed over time.
November 8, 2019
In this podcast, I talk about all the noncreature subtypes in Magic.
November 8, 2019
This is part two of a four-part series on card-by-card design stories from Throne of Eldraine.
November 1, 2019
This is part one of a four-part series on card-by-card design stories from Throne of Eldraine.
November 1, 2019
In game design, as in any creation—and life really—things don't always go according to plan. In this podcast, I talk about numerous times Magic design ended up having to go in a different direction.
October 25, 2019
In this podcast, I talk about the design of Throne of Eldraine.
October 25, 2019
In this podcast, I take listeners behind the scenes into the making of the Throne of Eldraine announcement stream.
October 18, 2019
In this podcast, I talk about what we have to do in design to make sure that the set and story align.
October 18, 2019
In this podcast, I talk about how Magic design involves a lot of math.
October 11, 2019
In August, I wrote an article about why diversity matters in game design. This is my podcast version of that topic.
October 11, 2019
In this podcast, I discuss when, how, and why we make changes to the color pie.
October 4, 2019
This is another of my mailbag podcasts where I answer all your questions. I do these with a carpool guest. Instead of "Mailbag with Matt" or "Replies with Rachel," we get the first-ever "Small Talk with Sarah" where my guest is my youngest daughter, Sarah.
October 4, 2019
This podcast is another in my "Other People's Lessons" series where I talk top ten lists of lessons for something else and apply them to Magic design. Today is life lessons.
September 27, 2019
This is another podcast in my "Lessons Learned" series where I talk about lessons from sets that I led or co-led the design for. This time, I talk about what I learned leading the design for War of the Spark.
September 27, 2019
In this podcast, I talk about us putting together the themes of three years' worth of sets that cover what we call the "Bolas Arc" (Kaladesh through War of the Spark).
September 20, 2019
As is normal, I went to San Diego Comic-Con, but this year, I got to reveal Throne of Eldraine to the world. It was quite fun. In this podcast, I fill you in on my entire trip.
September 20, 2019
This is part four of a four-part series on all the banned or restricted cards I had a hand in designing.
September 13, 2019
This is part three of a four-part series on all the banned or restricted cards I had a hand in designing.
September 13, 2019
This is part two of a four-part series on all the banned or restricted cards I had a hand in designing.
September 6, 2019
Not that I'm proud of this, but I have the honor of having had a hand in creating more cards that have been banned or restricted than any other designer. In this podcast, I walk through the many cards I've helped design from this list and talk about their designs.
September 6, 2019
In past podcasts, you've met my dad, my mom, and my eldest daughter, Rachel. Today, you get to meet my youngest daughter, Sarah.
August 30, 2019
Magic has six major zones plus a few others used in various formats. I talk all about them including examining the design space of zone changing.
August 30, 2019
In this podcast, I talk about the history of full-art lands and talk about all the times we've used them.
August 23, 2019
This podcast is about the history of the Demon creature type.
August 23, 2019
This is another in my series "Lessons Learned" where I examine the lessons I've learned from sets I led or co-led. Today, I talk about the third Un- set, Unstable.
August 16, 2019
In this podcast, I talk about the history of Magic's oldest alternate-win condition.
August 16, 2019
This is part four of a four-part series on card-by-card design stories from Modern Horizons.
August 9, 2019
This is part three of a four-part series on card-by-card design stories from Modern Horizons.
August 9, 2019
In this podcast, I talk all about power level. I describe what it is and how it impacts how we make Magic cards.
August 2, 2019
This is part two of a four-part series on card-by-card design stories from Modern Horizons.
August 2, 2019
This is part one of a four-part series on card-by-card design stories from Modern Horizons.
July 26, 2019
In this podcast, I talk about the history of split cards—how they came to be and the many different times we've used them.
July 26, 2019
We have a line we call the innovation products (things like Conspiracy, Unstable, and Battlebond). I'll explain what they are and talk through all the ones we've made thus far.
July 19, 2019
This podcast is all about the design of Modern Horizons.
July 19, 2019
This is part five of a five-part series on card-by-card design stories from War of the Spark.
July 12, 2019
This is part four of a five-part series on card-by-card design stories from War of the Spark.
July 12, 2019
As a new series following up my "20 Lessons, 20 Podcasts" series, I'm starting "Other Lessons" to talk about other things I've learned during my time at Wizards. This podcast's lesson is "People overrate ideas and underrate execution."
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