The Mana Pool
Join Brian, Mike, Dirk and Chewie as they discuss all things Magic: The Gathering. Since there are plenty of tournament and strategy podcasts out there, we've decided to focus on the fun of the game in all its many forms, from Prereleases to multiplayer free-for-alls to whatever else we can come up with. Give us a listen!

A few days before recording this episode, one Daniel Beach (@beach7125) asked Chewie a question.  That question would lead to a conversation, which would then lead to this episode of The Mana Pool with guest host Daniel Beach.  Before we tell you the nature of this question, we have to talk about the tokens of Magic 2013 and the remaining preview cards that have been shown since our last episode.  Are we good with that?  The links to those are right here:
M13 Card Image Gallery:
M13 Tokens:

The question and ensuing conversation involved the nature of Nicol Bolas as the big bad guy of Magic.  He's Dr. Doom.  Moriarty.  The Architect (or Agent Smith, depending on your take on the films).  And Beach had some issues with that.  So we asked him on the episode to help us air those issues and in generally discuss the nature of Nicol Bolas in Magic fiction.  So if you've read the have our condolences.  If you haven't read the novels, good on ya and enjoy our completely off-the-cuff and probably inaccurate recollections of the guy who's behind it all (no, not Mark Rosewater - we're not talking about real life this episode).
Nicol Bolas Wiki:

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift –
Break Music – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies from The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky

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