Planeswalkers' Guide to Alara: A Magic: The Gathering Field Guide

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You are a planeswalker, one of the most powerful mages in the multiverse. Countless planes of existence are yours to master. Now you have arrived on the fractured plane of Alara. Where do you begin?You begin with this lavishly illustrated guide that brings the Shards of Alara to life and gives MAGIC: THE GATHERING fans a look behind the scenes with concept art and insider information available nowhere else.The Planeswalker Guides will feature full-color illustrations drawn from early concept art and final card ...
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You are a planeswalker, one of the most powerful mages in the multiverse. Countless planes of existence are yours to master. Now you have arrived on the fractured plane of Alara. Where do you begin?You begin with this lavishly illustrated guide that brings the Shards of Alara to life and gives MAGIC: THE GATHERING fans a look behind the scenes with concept art and insider information available nowhere else.The Planeswalker Guides will feature full-color illustrations drawn from early concept art and final card art to bring the worlds of MAGIC: THE GATHERING to life.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786951246
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Series: Magic Series: The Gathering
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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Doug Beyer went from being a MAGIC: THE GATHERING fan to web developer for magicthegathering.com, then prolific flavor text writer, and eventually, the coordinator for MAGIC creative text. His background is in philosophy, software design, and amateur ghost hunting.

Jenna Helland is a writer and editor for Wizards of the Coast in Seattle, Washington. Before moving to the Northwest, she was a journalist for newspapers and Internet sites in Missouri, Virginia, and California. She has degrees from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri. She enjoys reading books with pictures, playing MAGIC: THE GATHERING, and running.

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

    At first glace, an Exploration of Worlds that could be, and the process of creating them. Looked at deeper, A exploration of human psychology via the lense of worlds build around them.

    Not everyone follows Magic: The Gathering, but its development team has tackled the task of creating a believable fantasy setting several times over the years. each time they created a internal document about the world they were going to work in, detailing the places, people, groups, and nature of the places within. until now these documents never left the Wizards of the Coast archives. this book is essentially the design document for the setting of their latest work(s). unlike the other worlds they made, this is essentially five worlds, each nearly as full and rich as any other fantasy setting you could name. It is those absences that make the difference, for each world lacks two kinds of magic, throwing the entire balance of things off. one world has no fire magic, so while a spell to grant flight to a entire brigade of soldiers is commonplace, flint and tinder are needed for torches to light their way. on another world, the magics related to life, healing and protection are gone, leaving a shattered world of desperate survivors in its wake. On a world without Chaos, Destruction, and nature based magic, works of artifice define life, and the very clouds are formed into geometric shapes. on a plane without control and death magics, immense beasts called gargantuan roam a primeval forest filled with people who live for the joy of life's struggle. In a world without protection or control magics, life is a constant struggle to survive worthy of Darwin's theory, ruled by the Dragons, who command the top predator slot.<BR/><BR/>but these worlds do not exist in isolation, once they were one world brimming with magic, but the world shattering cataclysm that split them is long past, and few if any remember. Magic: The Gathering's color system was always based on the psychological ideals, and no where have they been explored in such depth as this book. by imagining a world ruled by each color, with its allies present but subservient, and its enemy's banished, we can see the strengths and weaknesses of each mindset. A world without chaos or ambition is static, if peaceful. A world without self sacrifice slowly wears itself down to nothing. A world without spontaneity is controlled, but rigid and without the spark of life. A world where all act as their nature dictates thrives, but does not advance. A world of people acting on their emotions is a savage land.<BR/><BR/>Taken at face value, this book is a interesting read if nothing totally special. Looked into for its deeper connotations about human psychology, it has much worthy of discussion.

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