Bradley Rose

I’m a Timmy/Johnny Melthos red/white/blue kind of guy. And, no, that combination doesn’t have anything to do with an affinity for the United States. Here’s how I got into Magic:

Once upon a time (let’s say the year 2000), I bought my first Magic: The Gathering product in the form of a starter of …Starter 2000. And that’s when Trained Orgg’s eyes and mine met for the first time. It was true love. Until I traded most of my Magic cards away for Pokemon ones. Whoops.

O.K, so once upon a time (This time, 2001), I got into Magic: The Gathering with a shiny new One-Two Punch theme deck of the Odyssey set. And, surprisingly enough, I didn’t trade away my ol’ Trained Orgg, so in the deck it went, and we fell in love all over again.

Flash-forward nearly a decade, and I’ve won the Bragster.com / Wizards of the Coast “Design Your Own Card” contest. That was neat, but then, a few months later, the Great Designer Search 2 happened. I managed to make it to the top 101 of the 1000+ applicants. So, after years of reading Mark Rosewater’s Making Magic column along with a rising interest in game design, I managed to prove that (while not the best) I’m more of a Magic designer than the average bear.

I’ll keep working on putting more ranks in my Magic design skill, and the design articles I write here will help me do just that. Hopefully, any of my readers with a serious interest in Magic design would feel inclined to pursue their interest as well, either by participating in my collaborative design articles or working on making Magic on their own. This effort toward improving my Magic design capabilities correlates somewhat with a single goal I would like to accomplish before I die: Have lunch with Mark Rosewater.

Also, I still have that Trained Orgg, and we’re still madly in love with each other.

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