What is the Magic Cruise?
Started by Legion Events, the Magic Cruise is a yearly event featuring tons of Magic playing on a giant cruise ship. Past destinations for the trip have included Cozumel, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, and more. Rumors are that next year’s trip will be leaving from Magic home base in Seattle, Washington. You can find out more by visiting the Legion Events website at http://www.legionevents.com.
Introducing the Panelists
Hey, that’s me! I run the gaming site TheStarkingtonPost.com and work as a gaming consultant in Seattle. That means I work on a lot of Magic products, including every Magic set since Conflux. Because of my years doing work on Magic for Wizards of the Coast, I was the emcee for the panel discussion onboard the cruise ship.
Zac Hill is a former professional Magic player who now works in R&D at Wizards of the Coast. That means he’s responsible for helping to design and playtest the cards you play with. Zac is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, and his top Pro Tour finish was in the Top 8 of Pro Tour Honolulu (the second one).
A finalist in the first Great Designer Search, Ken Nagle now works full time as a designer for Wizards of the Coast. In fact, he now has the chance to be on the opposite side of the fence, serving as a judge for the Great Designer Search 2. Before working at Wizards, Ken used to program computer systems in tanks (yes tanks).
If you’ve ever used Gatherer, you have Dave Guskin to thank. A former web programmer, Dave now works in Wizards R&D and specializes in digital projects. When he’s not hammering out the latest version of Duels of the Planeswalkers, Dave can be found moonlighting on design and development teams for new Magic sets.
A former member of the Magic: The Gathering Online team, Lee Sharpe now works in business analytics for Wizards of the Coast. But before he did that, he was a judge out of St. Louis, Missouri. In fact, Lee was responsible for fact checking many a Magic card to make sure they fit within the rules before he ever set foot in the Wizards office. Lee was also on the team that is bringing the upcoming Commander product to light (listen to the podcast for information from him about it!).
Featured Band: Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences is an eclectic, indie-rock band from southern Illinois. Their sound traverses mellow, piano-based ballads, moves through melodic synth-pop, and tops off dynamically with frenetic, guitar-shredding rock. What makes them unique is their use of a broad variety of instrumental textures – trumpet, trombone, and tuba dance in and out of the vocals, while bells and accordion accent the soothing piano tones. All this is laid on a foundation of active, yet tasteful percussion.
The band’s Dustin Sendejas, Mike Pace, and Jon Weiss have all been magic players for years. They started, like most, playing casual multiplayer, but now Dustin and Mike can sometimes be seen on the Midwest tournament scene at PTQs and the SCG Open circuit. You’ll hear them throughout the podcast, but if you’d like to get to know them in a bit more detail, check out their website at www.myspace.com/artsandsciencesmusic. You can also download their album for free at www.noisetrade.com/artsandsciences. To follow what Dustin is up to these days, check him out on Twitter at Twitter.com/DustinSeth.
Are you a musician or a member of a band? Contact us for information on becoming our next feature band. We reach thousands of Magic players each month, and the featured band segment is a great opportunity to highlight Magic players from within the community. For more information, contact Bill at Billtriesagain@hotmail.com.