take a moment to reflect on this image of a prepubescent taylor lautner in a shark costume singing with sharks
It is crucial for our planar settings to have themes that guide their creation and distinguish them from other worlds — it is part of how Magic always stays a game of exploration and discovery. Kitchen-sink worlds that have everything you can think of actually lead to a feeling of stagnation over the long term, not variety.
Once the theme of a world is chosen, we work hard to make our settings very deep within that theme. I strongly disagree that our worlds are somehow not complex or diverse, to the point that I kind of wonder if I’m being trolled and shouldn’t answer this, but whatever. I mean, Zendikar had seven continents, three distinct elf tribes, kor and merfolk religious beliefs, unusual mana metaphysics, mutable geography, and a six thousand year backstory — and all of that is thanks to choosing a tight theme of “dangerous adventure world.”
Restrictions breed creativity, you guys. By choosing a creative theme, you force a world to take a new direction that’s never been done before, and force yourself to come up with new ideas that explore the nooks and crannies of that theme. If you don’t choose a theme and commit yourself to it, you get worlds that just smear into one another, with tons of overlap between their Venn diagrams of cultures and content.
The goal is not complexity for the sake of complexity, or detail for the sake of detail, but our goal is to provide that thrill you get from the sense of richness and depth and variety. The strategy is that the Multiverse, the Magic game as a whole, provides that depth and variety, by being made up of diverse worlds that each explore the space of a carefully-chosen creative theme.
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Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya.
Aside from incredibly sore feet I’d say it went well! Still seeing afterimages from all the pastel pink in Harajuku. Bought a hell of a lot of Magic the Gathering singles and an awesome House Baratheon deck box.
Tokyo Disneyland was a lot of fun, but I kind of feel bad saying that when I just heard the cyclone news.
For those who don’t know, Cooktown and surrounds look like they might be flattened by an incoming Category 5 cyclone.
Best wishes to everyone in the area.
DARK SOULS II concept art
∟ full-size originals
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shit man how long has tumblr been around
no wonder all the good urls are fuckin taken