The big List of Lists

This is a master list of ideas for Top 10 lists.  Top 10 Lists are a nice way to keep some content on the channel without doing as much research and editing as the regular episode format. They’re also fairly short.  But they’re not just Top 10 lists, they’re also an educational tool, to give players of the game an idea about what the history of that card type is, what the archetype of that type is in fiction or the real world and what traits of the inspiration come through.  Where did the idea of golems come from?  What tropes do sphinxes embody?  How have vampires changed over time in Magic in terms of design?

There are some tough ones, that require a LOT of analysis, or just lack the numbers to really have it out with.  We’re talking at least 25, generally speaking.  Spells are harder to analyze than creatures, as they’re just harder to process in Gatherer and compare all at once.  Creature types are much more easy to get to in terms of flavor and tropes, and they’re also way easier in terms of searching.  But with that said, I’ve done a non-creature list before.

Here’s a list of what I’ve done:

Cats, Dogs, Discard Spells, Rogues, Elementals, Vampires, Zombies, Golems, Giants, Sphinxes

And here’s the list of topics I came up with.  And there are a lot.  There are some I rejected as well, so if it’s not here, that’s likely why.  A Top 10 Wizards list… holy crap, that’d be impossible.  But this is the list of lists as it stands:

Clerics, Assassins, Viashino, Fireballs, Wraths, 20 Wizards, Threshold Cards, Demons, Goats, Orcs, Spirits, Rats, Beasts, Centaurs, Archers, Druids, Horrors, Minions, Plants, Treefolk, Vedalken, Insects

Of these, one of them is already done, and I’ll shoot it after the Urza’s Destiny conclusion. Rats is also very likely, as I’ve already done Cats and Dogs, so that’s the most obviously connected one.

The Three Year Plan

Hi, folks.  For those of you who find this, you’re likely fans of the show or close friends of mine.  And if you’ve followed my show for a while, you know that I put out about 10-15 episodes a year these days.  The length has gone way, way up in terms of content, so my output is still as substantial as the early years, but I release less frequently.  Adding green screens has actually not added that much time to the show when it comes to editing, though I’ve spent less time working on cutaways.

The number one time consuming part of producing the show is writing the scripts and research.  This is  THE hard part.  It requires many, many passes of the visual spoilers, as well as thinking about what kind of predecessors and remakes come up, and how relevant they are.  I have to decide what to cut, because i do leave stuff on the cutting room floor, especially when shooting goes awry.  But some things are “load-bearing”, as in they have to be done exactly right.  And so I mark down in my scripts what is crucial, and what’s merely edifying.

But I do try to focus on formula, and deviate from it only occasionally, so as to create a sense of continuity as well as a way for the videos to be used as citations and resources.  I follow WUBRG order almost always.  And I think about the order of releases these days, and how the big picture looks.

And yes, I’ve pencilled in the next season’s topics, and episode breakdowns.  I’m going to do five shows on Time Spiral.  Three on Planar Chaos and three on Future Sight.  They require a lot more outside connections than the other sets, because that is the freaking point.  And since I like to share my work, here it is.  This is the rundown for the next three years, and beyond.  I’ve tried to keep them in the order of how I’ll write the scripts.  And yes, I will take a break after the Legends episodes are done to write the next 12 episodes.  That’s when I will put out some Top 10 lists.


Season 2:

Urza’s Destiny (scripts done), episodes 58-59

Legends (scripts done), episodes 60-62

Season 3:

Mirage (63-65)

Visions (66-67)

Weatherlight (68-69)

Arabian Nights (75)

Ravnica: COG (70-72)

Guildpact (73-74)

Dissension (76-77)

Antiquities (78)

Time Spiral (79-83 – Story/Suspend/split second , black-blue, white-red, green-artifacts, timeshifted subset + final analysis)

Planar Chaos (84-86)

Future Sight (87-89)

Coldsnap (90)

— END Season

Season 4 (this sequence is less clear at the moment):





1994-1995 Non-Magic Episode #3 (episode 100 – tinfoil hat episode)

Portal 1, 2, Starter

Shards of Alara


Alara Reborn

Portal Three Kingdoms

A History of Core Sets – Revised through Fifth Edition (pre-Limited)

Sixth through 10th – Simple Limited play, dribs of power, how each set altered Standard

PROFILE:  The slow evolution of Planeswalkers




Urza’s Legacy Retrospectives

So yeah, I got two episodes out fairly quickly.  I plan to try to stick to a weekly release schedule until I go back to work for a bit, part-time.  I’ve got a great shot at getting a solid job in Japan for next year, but in the meantime, I need to stay busy and make some money to help work off these student loans.  I’d prefer not to sell off much of my collection, and I already have some saved up for the Aether Revolt release.

First off,

And then

I’m working on pounding out the end of season scripts, which will lead to me taking a break while working on Mirage.  But I am closing the season on a large set.  And a very historic one.  Yeah, we’re closing with Legends.  That way, Season 3 can do Arabian Nights, Antiquities, and Mirage block, and then there’s nowhere to go but forward in time from Ravnica!  (Oh, and the core sets, and Portal sets, and the boxed sets… )

So much to do.