Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Multiple Choice Magic Design Question of the Day 25

25) Which of these abilities is least appropriate for a Wandering Ones variant?
 a) Ascend. As long as you have the city's blessing, CARDNAME gets +3/+3 and has flying.
 b) When CARDNAME enters the battlefield, reveal any number of land cards from your hand. Put that many +1/+1 counters on ~.
 c) Kicker {3}. When CARDNAME enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, draw two cards.
 d) Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library.
 e) T: Untap target land.

Click through to see the answer and my rationale.

Monday, January 15, 2018

GDS3 Prep: Final Words of Essay Advice

Tomorrow's when the first trial of GDS3 drops! Here are a few non-Magic-specific words of advice from me on writing good job application essays.

Sell yourself. There will be any conceivable "correct" answers to the given essay prompts, and which one you come up with is not that important. What matters is more is how you react to the question: can you think critically about game design? Can you defend an opinion with evidence? Can you stick to a coherent thesis? Can you evaluate strengths and weaknesses within your own position? If you can consistently come across as a competent and insightful thinker, it won't matter if your essays aren't the textbook answers R&D expects.

Proofread. Your first draft may contain tangents, misstatements, or straight up errors in spelling or grammar. Clean, polished prose is one of the easiest ways to communicate professionalism and care for detail. Once you've edited each individual essay, consider them as a whole- do they combine to paint a good picture of you as a designer? Or are there unintended omissions or overlaps?

Show them your humanity. They're looking for a coworker, not an emotionless designbot- a human person whom they'll have to deal with on a daily basis. Let your personality shine through in your writing via humor, passion, and candor. Avoid anything that could give the impression of pretension, arrogance, obsequiousness, or general dickishness.

Stick to the word limits.

Good luck, friends! I'll see you all at the multiple-choice test.

Friday, January 12, 2018

GDS3 Prep: Essay Question 5

5. Describe an experience that gave you some insight into what players get out of the game of Magic. Explain what you learned and its implications for Design.

Weekend Design Challenge 011218—color shift

Click through to see the requirements for your design test, due Monday morning. Every submission warrants feedback, which you may use to revise your submission any number of times. I will aim to review the most recent submission from each designer.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Multiple Choice Magic Design Question of the Day 19-24

19) Which of these abilities/templates is best for the most audiences?  a) Whenever you put a -1/-1 counter on a creature, create a 1/1 black Insect creature token.
 b) Whenever you put one or more -1/-1 counters on a creature, create that many 1/1 black Insect creature tokens.

 20) Which of these abilities/templates is best for the most audiences?
 a) As long as CARDNAME is attacking, it gets +2/+0.
 b) At the beginning of combat on your turn, CARDNAME gets +2/+0 until end of turn.

 21) Which of these abilities/templates is best for the most audiences?
 a) Whenever CARDNAME or another creature dies, target player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.
 b) Whenever CARDNAME or another creature you control dies, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

 22) Which of these abilities/templates is best for the most audiences?
 a) Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.
 b) Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you may gain 1 life.

 23) Which of these abilities/templates is best for the most audiences?
 a) At the beginning of combat on your turn, target creature gets +2/+0 until end of turn.
 b) At the beginning of combat on your turn, you may have target creature get +2/+0 until end of turn.

 24) Which of these abilities/templates is best for the most audiences?
 a) This creature gets +1/+1 as long as it's attacking or blocking.
 b) This creature gets +1/+1 as long as it's blocked or blocking.
 c) This creature gets +1/+1 as long as it has blocked or been blocked this turn.
 d) Whenever this creature blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

Click through to see the answer and my rationale.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dreams

Let's get personal.

My dream job for the last 25 years has been: Magic Designer.

GDS3 Prep: Essay Question 4

Today's essay question comes from Jay:

4. What existing Magic mechanic would you promote to evergreen status?