Digital Strategy Lessons from Magic: The Gathering (SXSW 2015)

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  • #MTGLessons

  • VP, Director of Digital Strategy & UX hyc.com

    Adam McCrimmon@McAtoms

    Co-Host of WhatTheGrok Podcast whatthegrok.com

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  • Only for ber nerds?

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  • Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/24gnkq/what_celebrities_play_magic/

  • Best Selling Game in the World Created in 1993 Over 20 Billion Cards Printed

    Over 12 Million Players Printed in 11 Languages Sold in 120 Countries

    More than 700k Sanctioned Events a year

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  • More than 1,200 new unique cards created a year 16,000+ Total Individual Cards

    5 Colors 20 Color Combinations

    8 Card Types 24 Creature Types 136 Keywords

    1.6 Million Decks

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  • Lesson 1: Get a Hobby

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  • Hobby:

    An activity done regularly in one's leisure time for experience, challenge & pleasure.

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  • I suck.

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  • Failure

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  • CommonRationalized

    This bad thing happened but its not totally my fault.

    This bad thing happened its my fault & its not a big deal.

    Budget wasn't big enoughThere wasnt enough timeRequirements kept changing

    Got to work lateForgot my lunchDidnt recycle that bottle

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  • Weve grown accustomed to rationalized & common failure.

    Were comfortable with it.

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  • Invested

    This bad thing happened. Its my fault and its a big deal to me.

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  • Emotionally Invested.Full Responsibility.

    Invested

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  • Invested

    Emotionally Invested.Full Responsibility.

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  • Invested failure is transformative.

    Approach Point of view Assumptions

    Helps you learn.

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  • Momentum

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  • Matthew Eect (1963)Success can breed success, and inequality breeds more inequality.

    For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

    Robert K MertonSociologisthttp://www.garfield.library.upenn.edu/merton/matthew1.pdf

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  • Arnout van de RijtAssociate Professor - SUNYhttp://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2014/04/28/on-privilege-and-luck-or-why-success-breeds-success/

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  • Success leads to success.

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  • Hobbies provide a safe outlet for invested failure and a pathway to personal success.

    Lesson 1: Get a Hobby

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  • Lesson 2: Embrace Limitations

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  • Limitations. Constraints. Requirements.

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  • Richard Garfield Peter Adkison #MTGLessons

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  • Richard Garfield Peter Adkison

    Wanted a game: Fast Playing Little Setup Inexpensive

    Had a contact to: Print Pictures on Cards

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  • Limitations are something that I latch onto - like working in genre, or if you're writing TV, there are act breaks, there's a length of time it's supposed to be. The restrictions of budget and sets can be really useful. When you can have everything, it's very hard to make things feel real and lived in.

    - Joss Whedon

    It was really SMS that inspired the further direction -- the particular constraint of 140 characters was kind of borrowed.

    - Jack Dorsey (Twitter)

    The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.

    -Orson Welles

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  • Cognitive OverheadHow many logical connections or jumps your brain has to make in order to understand or contextualize the thing youre looking at.

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  • Limitations spark creativity by forcing us to consider alternatives.

    Lesson 2: Embrace Limitations

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  • Lesson 3: Stop Thinking. Start Doing.

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  • Theory Design vs Practical Design

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  • Practical DesignTheory Design

    Talking & thinking about how something might work.

    Trying it out as quickly as possible to see if it works.

    BrainstormingMeetingsDocumentation

    Role PlayingSketchingPrototyping

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  • Prototyping

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  • High Fidelity Low Fidelity

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  • Trying it out as quickly as possible to see if it works.

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  • Finding Problems, Not Solutions

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  • IterationIterationIterationIteration

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  • Good enough is fine.

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  • Judo SolutionsOne that delivers maximum efficiency with minimum effort. Judo solutions are all about getting the most out of doing the least.

    When good enough gets the job done, go for it. And remember, you can usually turn good enough into great later.

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  • Fuck it. Test it.

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  • 1993 2012

    1993 2014

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  • Mana Symbols

    Rules

    Card Type

    Iteration

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  • Micro Iteration

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  • Everything is a prototype. Anything can be changed.

    Lesson 3: Stop Thinking. Start Doing.

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  • Lesson 4: Use Human Nature

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  • http://shapingcloudsproject.tumblr.com/ #MTGLessons

  • http://webwithoutwords.com #MTGLessons

  • Shared Knowledge

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  • As-FanThe % that a subset of cards appear when each booster pack is fanned out.

    Commons: 9 or 10 Uncommons: 3 Rares: 1 Land: 1 Token/Ad Card: 1

    Heroic: 1 Scry: 2 Enchantment: 2 Bestow: 1 Greek Inspired: 3

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  • Has Wings Flying

    Looks Huge Trample

    Looks Fast Haste, First Strike or Double Strike

    Depicts an event Instant / Sorcery

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    White: Blue: Black: Red: Green:

    Human, Animal Wizard, Sea Creature Zombie, Undead, Minotaur Satyr, Minotaur, Monsters Centaur, Satyr, Human, Animal

  • Its your job to think dierently. Leverage what your audience already knows and establish clear patterns for them to embrace.

    Lesson 4: Use Human Nature

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  • Lenticular Design

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  • Lenticular DesignA players experience will dictate how complex a design is to them. And some complexity is hidden, because it requires certain knowledge to even be aware of it.

    http://archive.wizards.com/Magic/magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/mm/293

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  • Get a Hobby Embrace Limitations Stop Thinking. Start Doing. Use Human Nature

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  • Thanks!

    Adam Mc amccrim.com | @McAtoms #MTGLessons

    amccrim.com/mtglessons