I just finished reading the 10 year compilation that was available in the past few days at work, and will be picking up 2003 here shortly.
It's been a fascinating read and It's been many years since I've seen some of those player's names and stories, some of which I remember reading back in Inquest and the Duelist in the mid-90s when I was 15, 16 years old.
Kudos for compiling this series!
Thank you! I'm always interested in feedback from players who read the whole series in a long run. What stood out? More importantly, was my thesis persuasive? Did you feel as if these schools of Vintage magic exist?
I'm glad I could bring back memories for you. What's distinctive about this series, however, compared to other histories of Magic, is how this series is singularly focused on the metagame - the narrative of the evolution of the Type I/Vintage format as such.
Steve- I just finished the first chapter and wow things were different when the game first started! I'm hooked on this series and can't wait to continue reading. To add an interesting story, I spoke with Jeff Menges about a year ago and asked how he was chosen to do the art for Bazaar. He said that he had done some work with Wizards before and he assumed when Arabian Nights was in development that he would be contacted to do some of the art. Other artists were selected and they spoke to one another but when Jeff was asked what cards he was doing he replied, "I was never contacted." Jeff called and asked if he could be apart of this set and the art designer only had one card left that wasn't assigned, Bazaar of Baghdad. I thought that was an interesting story about an iconic card.
That's a good one! Bazaar of Baghdad was my favorite card when I first started playing, solely because of its thematic allure! I used to think it was a terrible card!
I'd like to ask you the same question I asked the reader above. Let me know your thoughts. I will keep this series coming. With 2004, we are going to be more firmly in the modern era.
Kind of a silly question, but what's up with the price increase on all of these? I saw the tag on this one and thought it seemed odd as I generally enjoyed these at the 2-3 dollar range as a fun little thing. Not sure if I remembered things correctly I went back and looked at some of the older publishing and noticed they weren't too far off this, yet when I went and looked at my transactions and receipts I noticed there was an increase in price across the board on newer chapters. For example, the 2001 chapter is currently listed at 3.99 but all of my records show 2.99, yet everything prior to that seems to still be listed under the original price.
That's a fair question. The price is really largely a function of length. I've asked EC to price basically 10 cents per page, rounded down. So 40 pages is 3.99, 30 pages is 2.99, and 50 pages is 4.99, etc. I should mention that these articles take WAY more time to write than anything else I do, so this really is a passion project.
@Prospector: Young Pyromancer's release is, unfortunately, a LONG ways away from where I currently am in this series - but we will get there eventually!