Card Design Contest for #mtgdad and #mtgmom

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Magic celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, which means in just a couple months, the game will legally be able to drink. With legal drinking comes all kinds of other adult responsibilities, like jobs and bills and parenthood. That last one is our topic today.

Longtime Magic players are growing up and casting their own little mages and ninjas. It’s cool to see this game that many of us have loved for so long be passed down from one generation to the next. From old-school pros like Chris Pikula…

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To the kids-only prereleases run and documented by Mothership writer Bruce Richard…

Learning Lessons: My Journey into Nyx Prerelease by Bruce Richard

To the #mtgdad hashtag on Twitter, we’re frequently seeing sweet, humorous, and fun looks at growing up as MTG players and introducing the next wave of players to the game.

My Ulterior Motive

I admit, my ulterior motive for bringing up this topic today is that I recently became an MTG dad myself. I’ll spare you all the Gushing, but suffice to say: it’s pretty cool. In celebration of my son’s birth, I decided to design a card, an activity I have not delved into much before. Parenthood makes you do all kinds of crazy things.

Now without further ado, consider yourself introduced to Badass (pronounced B’doss, which is what my wife and I called him in utero):

Badass, Fledgling Mage

I could go through all the things I think are fun about this design, but I’d rather let you work out all the flavorful details yourself. It’s like explaining a joke: discussing each part of the top-down design here will just kind of ruin the impact. Think it through and feel free to critique my choices.

The Contest

MTG moms and dads unite! I found it fun to design a card for my little boy, so I’m now encouraging you all to do the same. Tweet me your entries on Twitter at @dbro37. The contest will close three weeks following publication of this article, and I’ll announce a winner shortly thereafter. The rules are simple:

  1. However you deem appropriate, evoke the idea of being an MTG dad or mom on a Magic card (i.e., your card doesn’t have to be a creature featuring your child, but it certainly can be).
  2. Judging will be by me, perhaps consulting some trusted friends, using Apples to Apples/Cards Against Humanity scoring. In other words, I will arbitrarily choose a winner based on what most pleases me at the time, be it clever card design, humor, a beautiful render, apparent effort, or whatever other criteria seem reasonable.

That’s it! I wish I could offer a huge prize for this contest, but I need diaper money, so I’m just putting a single copy of Birthing Pod up as bounty. It’s not much, but free stuff is free stuff! Get designing and tweet at me when your card is ready. Again, find me on Twitter at @dbro37.

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Danny Brown

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7 thoughts on “Card Design Contest for #mtgdad and #mtgmom

  1. Congrats!

    Using “other permanents” there is a bit weird from the opponent’s perspective, not sure Wizards would go with that wording.

    Not a dad I’m afraid (and not really into designing cards).

  2. Hey man, I’m an MTG dad of two. I can’t tweet from Beijing. Can I send it to an email address?

    If that’s cool, and I happen to win, give the prize to the runner up. (You don’t need to send a card overseas).

    I just want to be a part this.

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