Magic: The Gathering

Talking Paper Interview Series: Mark Rosewater

Talking Paper Interview Series: Mark Rosewater

Mark Rosewater is Head Designer of Magic: The Gathering for Wizards of the Coast, holding that title since 2003. He has been involved with the creative direction of the popular card game for 21 years, and during that time has been involved with the creation of 14,000 unique cards. He regularly shares his experiences and advice about the game within an ongoing blog called Making Magic, while also producing a behind-the-scenes photo comic series about the game's production, called Tales From the Pit. He recently spoke with Nomadic Press about his literary influences, Magic's new Shadows Over Innistrad expansion set, and his collaborations with previous Talking Paper subject Nathaniel Holt for the Magic-themed video series Walking the Planes

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Talking Paper Interview Series: Lauren Bilanko

Talking Paper Interview Series: Lauren Bilanko

Lauren Bilanko co-owns and operates fantasy games outlet Twenty Sided Store (TSS) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In April 2016, she and co-owner Luis Chato will celebrate five years of serving customers from their storefront at 362 Grand Street, and providing a friendly backroom space to players of Magic: The GatheringDungeons & DragonsSettlers of Catan, and other games. Those loyal customers generated enough word of mouth to earn TSS the title of "Best Game Shop in New York City" from the Village Voice in 2014. Following a store expansion, Bilanko collaborated with Nomadic Press to present The Backroom Theater music / reading / film showcase in December 2015 within the refurbished gaming space. In advance of the TSS five-year anniversary, I interviewed Bilanko about her business, some of the popular games she sells, and the enduring popularity of tactile games crafted from paper and cardboard.

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