First Impressions

Posted in Making Magic on October 21, 2014

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.

Welcome to Things Are Not What They Seem Week. This week is all about taking a look at things that don't always match first impressions. I thought, for my article, I'd go back to an aspect that is one of the very first things players see when they approach a new card set and something that is often misunderstood early: the collector number. How exactly do we chose what order these numbers appear in? Why was a backslash chosen to separate the two numbers? Why did we chose to start at 1 rather than 0? All this and more will be covered in today's deep dive into the world of collector numbers.

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