Jacob Torbeck

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Magic and Meaning

Excavating Antiquities: A Brothers’ War Companion, Part 2

Experience the original story of the Brothers’ War through the flavor text of lands and artifacts from Magic: The Gathering’s first expansion set.

Magic and Meaning

Excavating Antiquities: A Brothers’ War Companion, Part 1

How do we piece together the history of The Brothers’ War from the flavor text of Antiquities cards?

Magic and Meaning

Top 10 Magic Churches Through Which To Work Out My Real World Feelings About Religion

A more serious top 10 approaches.

Flavor Is Function

Stranger Gates

Jacob builds a Commander deck around the Stranger Things Secret Lair. Warning: plot spoilers for the show inside.

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Legends, the Bible, and Worldbuilding Through Allusion

Explore seven cards from Oegends that most obviously reference stories from the Bible.

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Baldur’s Gate: A Story in Cards

Want to understand the backstory from Baldur’s Gate as you crack your new Commander Legends packs? Read our synopsis here!

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The Splendor of Nightlife

What the splendor of nightlife shows us, of course, is at best a shadow of the real.

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What’s in a Name? A Glossary of Sacred Spaces in Kamigawa

Jacob explores the terms for sacred spaces in Japanese religion as they appear on the plane of Kamigawa.

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The Secret of the Fox

The fox is both trickster and guide, elusive loner and the healer of communities.

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As Hallowtide Approaches, Negotiating Faith and Festival

The story of Harvesttide in Midnight Hunt offers a constructive vision interfaith collaboration in the face of real world challenges.

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The Devil, Desire, and Redemption: Tales of Asmodeus

The newest Necropotence-on-a-stick from Adventures in the Forgotten Realms has a long history and a robust presence in contemporary culture.