All That Twitters Is Not Gold

Posted in Making Magic on May 11, 2009

By Mark Rosewater

Working in R&D since '95, Mark became Magic head designer in '03. His hobbies: spending time with family, writing about Magic in all mediums, and creating short bios.

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hybrid Why is it when I read these feeds that I keep forgetting you start at the bottom and work your way up?
about two hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid orly?
about four hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid @maro254 What are you doing? This isn't one of your columns.
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid Until then, may you find a way to pack all your thoughts into itty, bitty spaces.
about four hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid @maro254 No, I meant for dinner.
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid Next week when I find a way to cross Alara Reborn with a schlocky music reality show from the 80s?
about four hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid @maro254 I'll see you next week.
about four hours ago from webdailymtg (Monty) I have no idea how Magic sets ever get produced. I have a theory that there are elves that do the work at night.
about four hours ago from TweetDeckmaro254 @hybrid That's just what a parent does.
about four hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid @maro254 Thanks Dad. It means a lot that you keep fighting for me.
about four hours ago from webtomlapille @maro254 I don't know why but that last tweet just made my day.
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid Shard 3-color environment made all gold set problematic in third booster. Needed way to allow more cards to go into various decks.
about four hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid @maro254 Try.
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid It's kind of hard to explain in 140 characters.
about four hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid @maro254 Which was?
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid You ended up in the set because you were the best answer we had to a problem.
about four hours ago from TwitterFonNorrYtt Heading out to parking lot. I see @mturian driving away. Wonder why he didn't come to work today?
about four hours ago from webhybrid @maro254 Speaking of which, how did you pull that off? I have to say I was quite surprised when I got the call to come in.
about four hours ago from webmturian heads home.
about four hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid You should have heard the griping when they found out I was in Alara Reborn.
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid You've had a pretty charmed life. It's understandable if some of the other mechanics are jealous.
about four hours ago from TwitterFonNorrYtt Off to the dry cleaner. I hope they didn't starch the flannels again.
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @NorrYtt Ken, don't you have some dry cleaning to pick up?
about four hours ago from TwitterFonNorrYtt @maro254 Artifacts from Alpha to Antiquities.
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid You got promoted from splash mechanic to block-defining mechanic in two years time. Mechanics just don't do that.
about four hours ago from TwitterFondailymtg (Monty) Discussion of the best pirate movie put on hold as everyone goes to grab cake off the Free Table.
about four hours ago from TweetDeckmaro254 @hybrid There was only enough space for you or nostalgia.
about four hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid @maro254 What happened?
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid That was years later. I planned on using you in Time Spiral. Time was so unstable that the mana itself was falling apart.
about four hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid @maro254 That's when you came up with Shadowmoor?
about four hours ago from webmturian would have faith in humanity if someone WOULD OPEN THE FREAKIN' DOOR!
about four hours ago from TwitterFonmaro254 @hybrid After thirteen years I've learned that good ideas will always find a home. I had faith in you.
about six hours ago from TwitterFonNorrYtt @hybrid To quote Henry Stern from that playtest: "There are twenty-five piles. Twenty-five! Just the concept is painful."
about four hours ago from webhybrid @maro254 And you dropped me because of one lousy playtest?
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid Yes, you did.
about four hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid @maro254 So I preexisted the guilds?
about four hours ago from webmturian wonders how no one has used this stairwell in over an hour.
about four hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid Reading the articles.
about four hours ago from webNorrYtt @hybrid September 5, 12 amp; 19, your dad wrote the three-part "City Planning" columns about Ravnica design. http://tinyurl.com/d7aljp
about four hours ago from webhybrid @maro254 You expect me to believe that Ravnica was created as a hybrid heavy block?
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid You were when I made you.
about four hours ago from webhybrid @maro254 I was created during Ravnica, Dad. I was not the focus of the set.
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid I created you to build an entire block around you. Doesn't that show some dedication?
about four hours ago from TwitterFontomlapille Just finished my column for Friday. I don't think players will ever look at 2/3 creatures in the same way ever again. Hooray!
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid The point is that the interview didn't mean anything.
about four hours ago from TwitterFondailymtg (Monty) The Pit now debating which superhero would feel most at home in the Star Wars universe.
about four hours ago from TweetDeckhybrid @maro254 That worked out so well for Dredge.
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid He was supposed to work from your graveyard, not your hand.
about four hours ago from webmturian How about Splice Onto My Missing Keycard?
about four hours ago from TwitterFonmaro254 @hybrid I wanted him to be Splice onto Instants but, well, your mom insisted on Splice onto Arcane.
about four hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid @maro254 Splice is my brother and I love him, but can we say over-parasitic?
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid What's wrong with Splice?
about four hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid @maro254 What are you saying. You love me as much as Splice?
about four hours ago from webmturian @maro254 How about your co-workers?
about four hours ago from TwitterFonmaro254 @hybrid I love all my mechanics.
about four hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid @maro254 Well, they were ordered.
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid The interviewer asked me for my top five list of things I'd designed. I didn't order them.
about four hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid @tomlapille My dad's favorite mechanic he ever created was Split Cards. His own words.
about four hours ago from webtomlapille @maro254 #1 being?
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @tomlapille He's referring to the interview where I called him my second favorite mechanic.
about four hours ago from TwitterFontomlapille @hybrid Inquest quit publication last year.
about four hours ago from webhybrid @maro254 Maybe we could handle this in an interview in Inquest.
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid Enough!
about four hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid @maro254 Why don't we handle this where you handle all your private business--your column.
about four hours ago from webmturian @maro254 How about you move it to the hall?
about four hours ago from TwitterFonmaro254 @hybrid Could we at least move this to email?
about four hours ago from TwitterFontomlapille Moved points for my character out of origami and into public speaking.
about four hours ago from webhybrid @maro254 Now you don't like the public spotlight?
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid This isn't the proper place for this discussion.
about four hours ago from TwitterFonmturian wonders what good this new age of communication is if no one listens to you begging to be let in.
about four hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid @maro254 What, like your time and attention?
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid Did you ever stop to consider that maybe your brother just likes splitting things?
about four hours ago from TwitterFondailymtg (Monty) Quote from the Pit: "But what if it's a zombie ninja?"
about four hours ago from TweetDeckhybrid Busy fighting with my dad over Twitter.
about four hours ago from webhybrid @maro254 Non-solicited advice about how I'm about supposed to act is what nagging is.
about four hours ago from webmaro254 @hybrid I'm not nagging. I'm offering non-solicited advice.
about four hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid @maro254 Dad, what did I say about nagging me with tweets?
about four hours ago from webmturian has at least four followers that work in the Pit.
about four hours ago from TwitterFonmaro254 @hybrid Why can't you just let your brother pay?
about four hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid @NorrYtt The Ravnica godbook study is where I scored higher than traditional multicolor cards, a.k.a. "gold cards." S.C. never did that.
about four hours ago from webNorrYtt What's in the Ravnica godbook study?
about four hours ago from webhybrid S.C. just loves the fact that he averaged higher than I did. So I throw the Ravnica godbook study back in his face.
about four hours ago from webdailymtg (Kelly) Thanks @ninjafghter.
about four hours ago from webhybrid @NorrYtt Yes. Dissension is the only Magic set with both Split Cards and myself.
about four hours ago from webNorrYtt @hybrid That's the set you were in together?
about four hours ago from webhybrid S.C. gets mad and throws the Dissension godbook study in my face.
about four hours ago from webhybrid I explained that he's lucky to get 10 cards every 5 years or so. I'm capable of supporting block plans. He should just let me pay.
about four hours ago from webhybrid Lunch ended badly. I try to pay, but of course S.C. demands we split the bill.
about four hours ago from webdailymtg (Kelly) Seriously, I still need a picture.
about five hours ago from webdailymtg (Monty) Pit now obsessed with ninja versus giant snake fight.
about five hours ago from TweetDeckhybrid I'm not quite sure what Imprint's up to but he always has a little something on the side.
about five hours ago from webhybrid Provoke's a pro wrestler.
about five hours ago from webhybrid Wither's running some weight loss clinic.
about five hours ago from webdailymtg (Kelly) Need a picture of a ninja fighting a giant snake for an article tonight, but Tom J. is out. Anyone know where I can find one?
about five hours ago from webhybrid Dredge has been working as a gravedigger.
about five hours ago from webhybrid Flashback has gotten into hypnotherapy.
about five hours ago from webhybrid Some scam involving misprinted coupons. People are suckers for "something for nothing."
about five hours ago from webmturian wonders how much longer he has to wait out in the stairwell.
about five hours ago from TwitterFonhybrid S.C. and I talked about the whereabouts of some of our siblings. Last I heard, Free Mechanic was grifting again.
about five hours ago from webtomlapille I spent the last hour making Multiverse comments using only current internet memes. I love this job.
about five hours ago from web

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