As chosen by you, my column will be forever forward:
For viewers reading my articles, you’ll notice that I cite the MTG Salvation Wiki rather often. I find it to be the closest thing we have to a Magic archive. The mothership at DailyMTG.com often has broken links from years past, and it’s damn near impossible to find anything quickly. I always end up trolling through four or five pages before finding an exact quote from Matt Cavotta.
I’ve decided to do something about it. While I don’t have a personal page with easily-referenced articles on the Salvation wiki, I don’t know if folks would even want that. My ego might want that I guess. I suppose I don’t know the majority of my audience’s needs.
I have this for finding my past articles.
I know—there are pages upon pages! I listed all of them below for a reason: to begin building an archive of sorts. My poll from a few weeks ago had overwhelming votes for naming my column Painter’s Servant, and if I’m to continue, repeating myself will be entirely necessary as the game keeps doubling the player base and folks won’t carry the historical knowledge or references I keep talking about. I hate continually making that apparent, as enfranchised people in the know will be bored to tears and click to a forum instead. So, they’re below. You will notice some of them missing. That’s for a future article.
I’d love if Gathering Magic had a section of must-read articles, but it’d be gigantic. The MTG Salvation Wiki is the logical choice, so others can cite and read them, too. I work for a nonprofit theater, and frankly, whenever we bring in new guests, we can show off our history by simply walking him or her through our lobby.
Online content sites can’t really do that, but we can give bite-sized things to chew on to give readers benefits right away. Limits will have to be placed on what will be included in the archives and on who moderates additions on these third-party sites as a result.
Magic’s entries into Spectrum—are included. Chronological order works for now, so I went with it.
Determining what material should be included in an archive relates directly to the space, staff, and resources available for any archival program. The most immediate concern of the archives should be the preservation of the most-often-cited articles on the site and making them easily accessible. Which ones do you think are most needed?
A more difficult question is that when this article becomes a month old, how can we, as a community, use older articles of mine—and how can this serve as an example for others? Should I just go back like MaRo and self-score? I mean, should I really? My ego doesn’t need that, but someone in the community would need one thing or something else from certain articles.
Any content needs to place its records in a safe area. Websites go down, and people change jobs. A deleted article is utterly gone in a digital environment. It’s funny; we can store digital material easier and easier, but transferring old data to new is becoming increasingly difficult. Try to find articles that Flores constantly refers to on The Dojo or old Duelist issues. (I have them all if you ever need a scanned reference for a school paper.) I can refer to them constantly, but if a bus hits me, content can be lost.
In summation, I feel I have twenty articles that could considered as worthy of reading to a lot of people. As Painter’s Servant focuses a little more, I think if I whittled down to five to ten articles, I hope some of those could be given to artists or to folks who want to know what in the hell I write about each week in the past as a cleaving point for the future. Next week, we talk art, podcasts, and short videos.
We will move forward from here. We must.
P.S. As always, if you find an Alpha art piece, let me know! (More info here: A 2013 Alpha Project Update.)
- Painter’s Servant: Grand Opening | March 25, 2014
- The Art of Adam Rex | March 18, 2014
- Ravnican Politics | March 12, 2014
- Expanding your Magic Network | March 5, 2014
- Creating Your Magic Cave | February 26, 2014A populist article that really does ask the question, “Are Magic players old enough to have homes and therefore dedicated spaces?”
- Staring a Magic Charity Tournament | February 19, 2014
- Black Legends: Diversity in Magic | February 12, 2014
- Born of the Gods, A Middle-Set Art Review | February 5, 2014
- A Week in Original Art | January 29, 2014
- Contacting a Magic Artist | January 22, 2014
- One Deck, Three Formats | January 8, 2014
- Looking at 2014: Making Plans | January 1, 2014
- Hidden Christmas Art | December 25, 2013
- Marriage, Proposals, and the Color Pie | December 18, 2013
- Magic Art Book – Let’s Do This | December 11, 2013
- A 2013 Alpha Project Update | December 4, 2013
- Holiday Art Buying List 2014 | November 27, 2013
- What if Magic Were Made in 1983? | November 20, 2013
- John Avon: Artist, Businessman, Mogul | November 13, 2013
- Spectrum 20 Is Coming! | November 6, 2013
- Spectrum 20: Magic’s Best Art of the Past Year | November 6, 2013
- Original Art on the Auction Block | October 30, 2013
- Commander 2013 Art | October 23, 2013
- Magic in the Streets | October 16, 2013
- Vorthos Potpourri 2 | October 9, 2013
- The Art of Theros, Part 3 | October 2, 2013
- The Art of Theros, Part 2 | September 30, 2013
- The Art of Theros, Part 1 | September 25, 2013
- Getting your LGS to the Greek | September 18, 2013
- MTGO: A Kickstarter | September 11, 2013
- Show Me Your Stash | September 4, 2013A populist article and crazy-creative ways to store your stuff
- Future Magic Trinkets | August 28, 2013
- Framing 101 | August 21, 2013
- Vorthos Potpourri | August 14, 2013
- The Vorthos Timeline Project | August 7, 2013
- Theros Art Preview | July 24, 2013
- Magic 2014 Art Review, Part 2 | July 18, 2013
- Magic 2014 Art Review, Part 1 | July 17, 2013
- Magic 2014: Eleven Useful Facts about Shandalar | July 10, 2013
- Magic at Work | July 3, 2013A populist article showing how you can get MTG into your workplace
- Reboots Usually Suck | June 26, 2013I really enjoyed writing this article.
- Teysa Mad! | June 19, 2013
- Magic and the Boob Plate | June 12, 2013I feel this could’ve been a hundred times better, but it’s worth a read.
- MTG Lovin’ | June 5, 2013Apparently, Mark Rosewater read this. I feel I should write on Vorthos design more, but the creative juices don’t flow for it well.
- Magic Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet | Mary 9, 2013
- 2013 Spectrum Live Recap | May 22, 2013
- Magic through the Ages | May 15, 2013
- Preparing a Binder, a Booth, and a Broadcast | May 8, 2013I refer to this one a lot. Artists should read this one.
- Dragon’s Maze, Gallegos, and an Art Lesson | May 1, 2013
- 4/19/13 – Vorthos’s Worst Day Ever | April 24, 2013This will be a footnote in the future. RIP Quinton.
- Ten (Oddly) Still-Available Original Arts | April 17, 2013
- Emerald City Comicon Art Show | March 4, 2013
- Vorthos: 2012 and Beyond | December 28, 2011
- My Penultimate Step | December 21, 2011
- Becoming a Magic: The Gathering Artist, Step 2 | December 14, 2011I thought all of this was obvious, so I felt I needed a second article. It’s worth a read for artists.
- Holiday Shopping for Vorthos | December 7, 2011
- Planeswalker Points: Good for the 99% | November 30, 2011Arguably my worst-written article
- The Art of Doug Chaffee | November 23, 2011
- Vorthos Loves Graveborn | November 16, 2011
- What If . . . | November 9, 2011
- Peeking Inside Spectrum 18 | November 2, 2011
- Why MTG Is Not Geek Chic | October 26, 2011This needs a second look from me. This has now changed slightly.
- Magic, Philanthropy, and You | October 19, 2011I refer to this article a lot. I remember Helene Bergeot talking about it on Twitter one day. I guess that made it real.
- Alpha Art: The Search Begins | October 12, 2011This is one of my best articles. It’s short and represents everything I do in this community: quiet, behind-the-scenes work, archival, and helping.
- Letter on Altering | October 7, 2011
- Top-Down Design: A Review of Innistrad, Day 6 | October 5, 2011
- Top-Down Design: A Review of Innistrad, Day 5 | October 4, 2011
- Top-Down Design: A Review of Innistrad, Day 4 | October 3, 2011
- Top-Down Design: A Review of Innistrad, Day 3 | September 30, 2011
- Top-Down Design: A Review of Innistrad, Day 2 | September 29, 2011
- Top-Down Design: A Review of Innistrad, Day 1 | September 28, 2011
- Damia: Easter Egg Hunt | September 21, 2011
- Why Aren’t There Fat Vampires? | September 14, 2011I loved writing this—art, history, speculation, and more. It’s a goodie.
- Writing for Vorthos and Taking Stock | September 7, 2011
- Art Spotlight: 2011 Chesley Awards | August 31, 2011
- You’re Fat and Out of Shape—and So Am I | August 24, 2011
- MTG Logos: the Mad Men of the Multiverse | August 17, 2011
- Convention Tips & Tricks for the Artist | August 10, 2011This is worth a read for the little tips and tricks for the common man, and it’s even more helpful for artists.
- The Real Cost of Art | August 3, 2011This is an article on connoisseurship. It helps to explain why something is $200 vs. $2,000.
- MTG Hoarders | July 27, 2011A populist article on something we all do: collect one type of card
- M12 = Diablo II | July 20, 2011
- The Magic Player’s Guide to Life | July 13, 2011
- Auto-Include Cards for Vorthos | July 6, 2011
- Player Haters Ball | June 29, 2011
- What to Wear for MTG | June 22, 2011
- Vorthosian Inquiry: Chandra | June 15, 2011
- Jace, Posterboy | June 8, 2011
- Borders Tend to Change | June 1, 2011
- A Response to Bo King | May 25, 2011
- Who Vorthos Writes For | May 18, 2011
- Becoming a Magic: The Gathering Artist, Step 1 | May 11, 2011Good information is only as good as the time. Much of this is very out of date, but it’s worth skimming for an artist.
- (Removed Articles)
- Alterations Ramifications and Future | January 5, 2011