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Five Minute Lore: A Guide To Magic's Phyrexian Plotlines

Pie Break!

Release Date: 02/16/2023

Robots with Jim LaPage (The Spike Feeders, Commander Rules Committee) show art Robots with Jim LaPage (The Spike Feeders, Commander Rules Committee)

Pie Break!

When I heard Jim was super into Battlebots, I knew we had to do this episode. Jim and I opened the episode talking about why the rest of the world needs to catch up to the quality of Canadian PSAs and it only got goofier from there. Enjoy!

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Types of Comedy with Andrew Orvedahl (The Grawlix, Occupied Hex) show art Types of Comedy with Andrew Orvedahl (The Grawlix, Occupied Hex)

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Andrew Orvedahl joins me to talk about the color identity of various comedic genres. Is ventriloquism blue? Is podcasting black? Only time will tell!

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Pop Girlies with K. Arsenault Rivera show art Pop Girlies with K. Arsenault Rivera

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K. Arsenault Rivera (The Tiger's Daughter, Oath of Fire, Magic Story Team) joins us to talk about the color identity of Pop Girlies! We cover 30 years of pop sensations and figure out where they fall on the color pie. We're basically scientists!

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Elden Ring with Sam Gaglio (Rhystic Studies) show art Elden Ring with Sam Gaglio (Rhystic Studies)

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Had a great time talking to Sam about Elden Ring for this episode! It's a source of great passion for both of us and it shows!!   Here's that blog Sam found! https://bogleech.com/souls/er01-landsquirt

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Midwestern Foods with Tyler Snodgrass (Take This Pod And Shove It, We Still Like You) show art Midwestern Foods with Tyler Snodgrass (Take This Pod And Shove It, We Still Like You)

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One of my best pals Tyler Snodgrass came on the show to talk about our mutual love of insane Midwestern foods. We talk about the objective best part of the country and discuss our favorite foods it's produced. Enjoy!

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The Return of Rachel Weeks! show art The Return of Rachel Weeks!

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Rachel comes back to the show to talk about the color identity of various dog breeds! She was a Kennel Club obsessive as a kid so she knows her stuff! We also stumble across one of the best, most well hidden, copywriters in history.

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Fast Food with Roy Graham (Magic Story Lead) show art Fast Food with Roy Graham (Magic Story Lead)

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We have Magic: The Gathering Story Lead, Writer, and all around Nice Guy Roy Graham on the show today discussing the color identity of Fast Food. One of the show's first Five Colors makes its appearance here and the world will never be the same.

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Slasher Villains with Sage Coffey show art Slasher Villains with Sage Coffey

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Today I chatted with illustrator and comics artist Sage Coffey about the color identity of slasher villains! It's a Halloween spooktacular!

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Reality TV with Jake Browne show art Reality TV with Jake Browne

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Newly minted PT Magic Player and Commander Sphere editor and friend of the show Jake Browne is here to talk about competition reality shows! We also go on a 15 minute digression about how Castaway is an anticapitalist text. Wow! 

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The Grand Opening with Mark Rosewater show art The Grand Opening with Mark Rosewater

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Welcome to Pie Break!  A show where a guest and I take something from the real world and figure out where it falls on Magic's color pie. This show is all about the point of intersection between the game we all love and the things we love outside it.  This has been an ambitious project and it only felt right to start it with a bang. So, I talked to Magic's foremost Color Pie scholar: Lead Designer, Mark Rosewater! Mark is an incredibly passionate person and I was thrilled to be able to get an hour of his time. Enjoy the interview and the beginning of this new project! As always, we're...

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Excited for March of the Machine but don't have enough time to catch up on 30 years of lore? Looking for a quick brush up on the basics? Look no further! This Spring, Magic is going to be more fun if you know the story behind the cards and in just about five minutes, we'll get you caught up! Magic's lore has surrounded Phyrexia and Phyrexian influence for nearly all of its 30 year life span and looking at the totality of the stories told can be intimidating. Take a seat and get a birds eye view so that you can jump on board the lore train just in time for all the payoff!