conforte

I hate it when you really love a song and it’s your safe place when everything is going wrong in your life & then one day something bad happens to it, like if a person you dislike sang it or it was played on the trailer of a crappy film and suddenly you associate the song with a crappy thing and you’re forced to think of that whenever you listen to your song and that ruins EVERYTHINF AND THERES NO MORE SAFE PLACE TO ESCAPE TO WHEN EVERYTHING IS FALLING APART

Taehyung Scenario: Under the Stars.

For you he was like a star, always so bright; for him you were a little bit more than that.

Genre: Fluff / Romance.


You and Taehyung were on the roof of your house, it was a plain roof so you could lay there and be completely safe; everything was quiet around, just the two of you lying on that roof with a blanket to cover up from the cold winds.  
-Are you watching your friends up there? - You asked when he didn’t speak for a while. At this Taehyung hummed and grinned a little.
-Do you think I’m an alien? -
You got a bit more confortable by his side, cuddled more in his arms. –You’re my alien-
At that statement Taehyung smiled and kissed your cheek. He was pensive today, but not like something was bothering him, it was more like when you are looking for a perfect word to describe something but you just can’t find it, you keep thinking about it until you find it.
-I really like the stars- he stated gazing at the night sky, in the middle of all that darkness with the city asleep the stars seemed to shine more than ever. You could understand the feeling.
-Me too-
Taehyung took your hands together and lifted them so your intertwined fingers blocked part of your view. –You are a star though- you said, remembering he’s an idol and is considered a star by a lot of people, including you.
He turned his eyes to you, and you did the same to his, Taehyung was so handsome from afar and in TV, seeing him up close like this made you dizzy, even if you were his girlfriend for a long time now. –Jagi is the real star- He kissed your nose this time and his arms moved to your sides as he started to tickle you a little, you didn’t last long until you were laughing and trying to scape his grasp. 


You were panting by the time he finally calmed down, watching the sky again in a relaxed position, so close you were practically on top of him.
-I used to study the names of the starts and constellations and everything-
You were amazed by his sudden confession, he’d never mentioned that before. –That’s really interesting, you could like, orient yourself just watching them?-
He nodded and his hand went to the sky again. –You see those three stars?-
-Yes, but I know those! That is the Orion Belt!- you said proud of your limited knowledge in astronomy.
Taehyung gave a hum of approval. –Yes, but that’s not what I want to show you-
-What is it then? -
-Turn your head a bit to the left- He instructed pointing at something in the sky, but you couldn’t see it. –Not like that, I’ll help you-
He got up a little so he could help you find that star he wanted to show you; his hands were on the sides on your face and carefully he placed you face just in the right angle for you to see it. –Can you see that super bright star now? -
You squinted your eyes, and it passed a few seconds until you found it. –I got it! I see it!- you squealed in victory.
-That’s Sirius, the brightest star in the sky-
You were amazed by it, the star was notably bigger and shined much more than the others around, you felt blind for not spotting it sooner, Taehyung could do this so easily, he really liked the stars. –I don’t know how I didn’t see it before, it’s huge-
-It is, and the constellation name is kind of funny, Canis Major-
-Like a dog?-
Taehyung woofed in response and you laughed. How could someone be so serious and silly at the same time? –Do you know the name of all the constellations? -
He thought for a bit before answering. –I know a lot, but not all of them, I want a telescope, so I can discover my own-
You giggled, imagining him with a telescope in the hunt for new stars. –Constellation Kim Taehyung, or Constellation V! I think that last one would be perfect, what do you think?-
He didn’t say anything and then you realized that his eyes were no longer in the sky, he was looking at you so intently and yet so loving that you felt mesmerized. Your heart was running races in your chest, waiting to see what he would do because you knew something was going to happen. -If I could name a constellation it would be after you-
All your body shivered, your cheeks burned and your heart wanted to run out of you from excitement. –Taehyung- you could only say his name, not knowing what to say besides the enormous love you felt for this boy. –I love you-
-I love you too- and in the roof under the night sky, Taehyung kissed the girl who he would name constellations for.

Teen Wolf Imagine - girl stuff

Stiles finally got out of the hospital a couple of days after his scare. You all decided to surprise him and give him a awesome welcome home day. You bought his favorite treats, got his favorite movies, cooked for him and baked him a cake. His bed was full of pillows to make him confortable too. You were all so happy and relieved he was ok and all you wanted was for him to have fun and forget the problems for the moment.

You were all waiting in the front door when sherriff Stilinski arrived with Stiles. He was so distracted he didn’t even notice you until he got out of the car. He looked up and was surprised.

“Guys wh - what are y - what are you doing here?” The look in his face was adorable.

“Surprise!” Lydia smiled.

“Welcome back home buddy.” Scott added.

“We missed you!” Mason said, hitting him in his arm.

“Please dont scare us again, ok?” Malia added. Stiles was so surprised that he barely moved for a few seconds. After that he gave everyone a hug, thanking each and everybody for the love.

You spent most of the afternoon watching Star Wars and it was, by far, the best thing you decided to do together. Although you weren’t enjoying the movie as much as Stiles you made him happy. He was so excited and he could barely stop talking and moving and that entertained you all. And you couldn’t help but admire him and melt everytime he smiled. You love him. You don’t want to, because of your hate for relationships, but you do. And now there was no hiding possible since you told Stiles too. But Malia still likes him too. And it was all too much for your head and heart. Kira and Lydia noticed something was wrong so they interrupted your thoughts to get you out of there.

“Ugh I need to go to the bathroom.” Lydia said, getting up.

“Yeah me too, I’ll go with you. Aria could you come please? I need your help.” Kira said looking at you with a funny expression while you tried to figure out what she meant. “Girl stuff.” Both Kira and Lydia’s eyes widened.

“Sure. Wanna come Malia?” You asked.

“No thanks. I am hungry though. I’m going to the kitchen.”

“Girls c'mon you’re making us miss the best parts!” Stiles cried out waving his hands around. The rest pf the guys laughed making Stiles more annoyed.

“We’ll be right back!”

When you got the bathroom Kira made surr the door was really closed and no one was near.

“So how is your relationship with Stiles going?” God, Lydia was direct. You felt a nervous tingle inside you and tried to shake it off.

“What? We’re just friends.”

“Just friends don’t stare at each other the way you guys do.” Kira added.

“Neither do they kiss or react the way you guys do.” Lydia exclaimed.

“I don’t know what you mean.”

“You don’t fool us! It’s so obvious. Stiles is crazy about you. And you’re crazy about him too!”

You couldn’t deny it anymore. They already knew.

“Ok yes I am but I don’t want to be. I hate relationships. They suck!”

“Hey!” Kira gave you a look.

“Oh not yours of course, I’m sorry.” You gave her a hug.

“Not all relationships suck Aria, what makes you think that?” Lydia crossed her arms waiting for your response.

“I’ve seen my parents’s marriage. It was horrible. I saw my mom suffer so much! And I’ve seen girls I know hurt too. I don’t want to go through that. I don’t want to suffer anymore.” Your eyes were filled up with tears and you looked down, unable to look at them.

“Sweetie you will always suffer in life.”

“Wow Lydia thanks.”

“But it make you grow, it will help you learn. It will make you stronger. And, like I said, not all relationships suck. Don’t look at them like that!”

“Aria not all relationships are like your parents’s marriage. And just because they had one like that doesn’t mean you will too.” Kira said while she played with your hair. You kept looking down, trying not to cry and playing nervously with your hands. Lydia got closer to you and grabbed your hand.

“Look at me.” You did. “Relationships aren’t easy. And yes they can suck. But they can also be amazing. And we know Stiles. He will be an amazing boyfriend and he’s worth it.”

“But what if I mess up or ruin everything? Or he decides he wants Malia and I was just a moment thing?”

“That won’t happen.” Kira said, not only trying to reassure you, but also being honest with you.

“And even if it does c'mon! You’re Aria Hale! You will get over it fabulous as always of course!” The three of you started laughing. You were starting to feel better and less anxious about it. Maybe they were right.

“Thank you girls.” You hugged them tight. They smiled back at you. “Now let’s go before Stiles has a minor attack.”

Ask Me Stuff

1- How are you?
2- Post a picture of yourself.
3- Do you ever wish you were someone else?
4- What is your entire name?
5- How old are you?
6- Age you get mistaken for:
7- Your zodiac/horoscope and if you think it fits your personality:
8- What did you do on your last birthday?
9- What is one thing you would like to accomplish before your next birthday?
10- What is your hair color?
11- Have you ever dyed your hair?
12- What is your eye color?
13- If you could change your eye color, would you?
14- Do you wear contacts/glasses?
15- Your opinion about your body and how confortable you are with it:
16- Have you ever considered plastic surgery? What would you alter about your body?
17- Say 8 facts about your body:
18- Do you have any tattoos?
19- Do you have any piercings?
20- Left or right handed?
21- What’s your sexual orientation?
22- Do you drink?
23- Do you smoke?
24- Do you have any pets?
25- Where do you work?
26- Something you are working on right now:
27- Do you have any “rules” about food?
28- Where are you from?
29- What would you say is your best quality?
30- What do you think you’re really good at?
31- What do you think you’re really bad at?
32- What talent do you wish you’d been born with?
33- Are you a bad person?
34- Are you nice to everyone?
35- Say 3 facts about your personality:
36- Has someone ever spread a nasty rumor about you?
37- What is your ideal bed? Why?
38- Did you wake up cranky?
39- Do you sleep with a stuffed toy?
40- What do you think about the most?
41- Share 2 habits:
42- What you want to be when you “get older”?
43- What are your career goals?
44- What is your ideal career?
45- Is your life anything like it was two years ago?
46- Do you replay things that have happened in your head?
47- Have you ever had an imaginary friend?
48- Say 10 facts about your room:
49- Do you have any phobias?
50- Have you ever been to a psychiatrist/therapist?
51- Are you allergic to anything? If so, what?
52- Ever broken any bones?
53- Ever come close to death?
54- Things you like and dislike about yourself:
55- A random fact about yourself:
56- What are three things most people don’t know about you?
57- An unknown fact about your life:
58- Share something about yourself others might think is weird:
59- Five weird things that you like:
60- Do you have a facebook? If so, would you add the person who sent you this?
61- Do you have any pictures on your Facebook?
62- Describe yourself in one word/sentence:
63- A quote you try to live by:
64- Leave me a compliment:
Favorites
65- What is your favorite thing to do?
66- What’s your favorite color?
67- What’s your favorite band/singer?
68- What’s your favorite movie?
69- What are your favorite books?
70- What is your favorite quote and why?
71- What is your favorite word?
72- What is your least favorite word?
73- What is your favorite type of food?
74- Your favorite ice cream?
75- What’s your favorite animal?
76- Dogs or cats?
77- Describe your favourite texture:
78- What is your favorite flower?
79- What’s your favourite scent? And on the opposite sex?
80- What is your favorite season?
81- What are the top five places you wish you could go before you die?
82- What are four things you can’t live without and why?
83- Which mythological creature are you most like? Why?
84- What’s your favorite television show?
85- Favorite place to shop at?
86- Say 2 facts about your favorite things:
Family, childhood and places
87- Say 4 facts about your parents:
88- Are you more like your mom or your dad?
89- Do you have any siblings?
90- Say 9 facts about your family:
91- What’s your relationship like with your family?
92- Say 7 facts about your childhood:
93- The best and the worst childhood memories:
94- Say 6 facts about your home town:
95- Are you going out of town soon?
96- Where would you like to live?
97- What would your dream house be like?
98- Where would you go on your dream vacation?
99- Where you want to be right now?
100- Top three places to visit:
Friends
101- Would you ever smile at a stranger?
102- Do you prefer to be friends with girls or boys?
103- Who is someone you never tire of?
104- Do you have someone you can be your complete self around?
105- Who is your most loyal friend?
106- Is there anyone you can tell EVERYTHING to?
107- If your best friend died, what would you do?
108- A reason you’ve lied to a friend:
109- Have you ever felt replaced?
110- Say 5 facts about your bestfriend(s):
Relationships
111- The last person you hugged?
112- Who was your first kiss with?
113- Do you like kissing in public?
114- Have you ever kissed someone older than you?
115- You have a preference for boys or girls?
116- Is the male or female body closest to perfection?
117- Do you believe in love at first sight?
118- Do you believe in soul mates?
119- What is your idea of the perfect date?
120- Based on past relationships or crushes, describe your perfect boyfriend/girlfriend:
121- What is the first thing you noticed in someone?
122- Are looks important in a relationship?
123- What’s the most superficial characteristic you look for?
124- What’s your opinion on age differences in relationships?
125- Would you ever date someone off of the Internet?
126- Five guys/girls whom you find attractive:
127- Do you have a crush on anyone?
128- A description of the girl/boy you like:
129- Say 1 fact about the person your like:
130- If the person you like says they like someone else, what would you say?
131- When was the last time you told someone you loved them?
132- Do you think someone has feelings for you?
133- Do you think someone is thinking about you right now?
134- Have you ever cried over a guy/girl?
135- Have you ever wanted someone you couldn’t have?
136- Anyone you’re giving up on?
137- Have you ever liked someone you didn’t expect to?
138- Have you ever liked someone who your friends hated?
139- Have you ever liked one of your best friends?
140- Has anyone told you they don’t want to ever lose you?
141- Is there a boy/girl who you would do absolutely everything for?
142- Is there someone you will never forget?
143- Say five ways to win your heart:
144- What turns you on?
145- What turns you off?
146- What is the sexiest thing someone could ever do for/to you?
147- What’s the sweetest thing anyone’s ever done for you?
148- What’s something sweet you’d like someone to do for you?
149- Have you ever written a song or poem for someone? Have you had one written for you?
150- What’s the sweetest thing you’ve ever done for someone?
151- Are you in love?
152- Are you in a relationship?
153- If you have a boyfriend/girlfriend, what is your favorite thing about him/her?
154- Are relationships ever worth it?
155- Is there someone mad because you’re dating/talking to the person you are?
156- Can you commit to one person?
157- Do you think you can last in a relationship for 6 months and not cheat?
158- Do you ever want to get married?
159- Do you think you’ll be married in 5 years?
160- Future names of your children:
161- Do you get jealous easily?
162- The last time you felt jealous, and why?
163- What is your definition of cheating?
164- Have you ever been cheated on?
165- Do you forgive betrayal?
166- Have you ever cheated on someone?
167- Why did your last relationship fail?
168- Things you want to say to an ex:
169- A description of the person you dislike the most:
170- If your first true love knocked on your door with apology and presents, would you accept?
171- How many boyfriends/girlfriends have you had?
172- How long was your longest relationship?
173- You’ll love me if…
174- Share a relationship story:
Music, movies and books
175- How often do you listen to music?
176- What kind of music you like?
177- Do you like to dance?
178- What was the first concert/show you attended?
179- Have you heard a song that reminds you of someone today?
180- Share a song that takes you to a certain memory in the past:
181- A song that’s been stuck in your head:
182- Put your music player on shuffle and write the first ten songs that play:
183- A book you want to read/have recently read:
184- Describe your dream library:
185- Last movie you just watched:
186- Do you like watching what type of movies?
Situations and crazy things
187- You’re in a tattoo parlor about to get inked. What are you getting done?
189- What’s something you can see yourself going to jail for?
190- If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be?
191- You’re given $10,000…under one condition:you cannot keep the money for yourself. Who would you give it to?
192- If you had to go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?
193- If you were an element on the Periodic Table, which would you be and why?
194- If you had to delete one year of your life completely, which would it be?
195- You’re an Action Movie Hero. What’s your weapon of choice and the line you scream when defeating your arch enemy?
196- If you could design an amusement park ride, what would it be like?
197- What is the first curse word that comes to mind?
198- What the last party you went to was… and when the next will be…
199- Halloween costume idea?
200- What are you supposed to be doing right now?
201- Currently wanting to see anyone?
202- Why you follow me?
203- If you met me what would you do?
204- Leave me a ridiculous question:
205- Leave me a cute message:
Opinions and beliefs
206- Is the cup half full or half empty for you right now?
207- Do you believe in fate/destiny?
208- What you wish for on 11:11?
209- Do you consider yourself lucky? What’s your good luck charm?
210- Do you believe in aliens or life on other planets?
211- What is your religion, if any?
212- Would you go against your moral code for money?
213- What’s more important to you:strength of the body or strength of the mind?
214- How important you think education is?
215- If you were the president, what would you do?
216- If you could change one thing in the world, what would you change?
217- Is it the thought that counts? Or is that phrase circumstantial?
218- If you only had 24 hours to live, what would you do?
219- Which movie character do you most identify with and why?
Feelings and Others
220- Are you a procrastinator or do you get things done early?
221- Post a photo/draw a picture/write a poem (pick one) of a moment of personal significance:
222- Say 5 things you love unconditionally:
223- What motivates you in life?
224- Something that you’re proud of:
225- Five words/phrases that make you laugh:
226- Share the story of something that makes you smile:
227- Something you always think “what if…” about:
228- What was something you used to enjoy, but was ruined for you? What’s the story behind that?
229- Describe one of the most awkward experiences of your life:
230- Something/someone that you miss:
231- Are you over your past?
232- What is your saddest memory?
233- One of the hardest moments in your life:
234- Is there something that happened in your past that you hate talking about?
235- What’s something you want to do that you’d be embarrassed to tell other people about?
236- What was your most embarrassing moment?
237- Share one of your fears/insecurities:
238- Something you’re currently worrying about:
239- Have you done something you regret very much?
240- If you could take something back that you said or did, what would it be?
241- Does anyone hate you?

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Gift 15 By Milla

>> The cart comes in two versions: surface or island contain. The island counter version has some problems: to move (after you’ve placed in a specific location) he returns to the game based on the island that was cloned. So I’m sharing both versions: functional and non functional. I am also sending an invisible base game Island, just for convenience ….

>> Note: one of the blackboard recolors is wrong … ‘Carpe diem’ is with 'N’ at the end … But I’m sure your sims will not care about it, as their native language is simlish … .: D So you it’s not a Sim, skip this please … Just enjoy the beauty of the object ….

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Building Our World

And now I’m flying by myself, writing to myself. That’s…that’s chaos.

OK, I lied. I’m flying with three-hundred other people. I’m sitting in an assigned seat; hardly chaotic. But I am (once again) writing an article far above the surface of our planet. So let’s talk about Magic.

At its core, Magic is an environmental game. Each year we are transported to two worlds, some old and some new, that populate 2” card frames with images of sprawling landscapes, bizarre creatures, and impactful events. In its own way, the experience of a trading card game is its own style of literature.

At its core, however, literature isn’t about far-off worlds and mythical heroes and villains. Literature, as a product of our psyches, is about us. Our world. Our heroes and villains. Humans have a knack for inserting themselves into everything around them. Fiction is just their way of inserting humanity into the imaginary.

Today’s article will be a look at how Magic’s world building binds us to the familiar, foreign, and fantastic parts of our own world. Through the imaginary worlds we visit, our own world is revealed.

It’s All Greek to Me

Wrath of God by Willian Murai

Greek mythology is the gateway drug of ancient studies. If you’re interested in old religions, there’s a good chance Greek mythology helped spur that interest. Even if you weren’t familiar with Greek mythology before the Theros block, there’s probably a block that contained some part of some culture that you already knew fairly well.

This is the first way world building connects with reality: the familiar worlds that many people can easily grok. Theros is a simple plane to digest. Fickle gods unleash their petty wrath upon a world populated by horrible monsters and flawed heroes. Familiar tropes abound: battle-forged soldiers, ferocious minotaurs, and the hubris of heroism. Theros may be Greek to me, but I already knew Greek mythology fairly well.

What world building value is there to these kinds of planes? If the audience is largely in the know about a place, why force them to explore it?

There is great power in the familiar. Eons of evolution has programmed us to be comforted by things that we recognize. Theros provides a world that players familiar with Greek mythology can easily digest. They know that the hero faction will be about small humans growing to heroic sizes. The monsters will be quite monstrous indeed. Familiar planes provide familiar tropes to inspire mechanics.

But adaptations aren’t always so clean and straightforward. Tropes can be subverted. Part of the fun of familiarity is finding the congruencies. Theros block provides a fantastic example of this with its pantheon of fifteen gods. The gods are one of the most compelling parts of Greek mythology, so finding the ways they were translated into Magic was a treat. Those translations aren’t always so tidy. Heliod, after all, isn’t just a Zeus analogue. He borrows the “king of the gods” role, but many of his powers are borrowed from Apollo.

Familiar planes are less about exploring new ideas and more about reexamining old ideas and new contexts. The comfort of familiar content already predisposes your brain for enjoyment. All you have to do is walk the path of rediscovery.

Prussian Ethics

Civilized Scholar by Michael C. Hayes

This is perhaps the most obvious aspect of world building. Planes inspired by real-world culture can help introduce players to novel ideas and inspirations. A little bit of curiosity goes a long way here, as a casual appreciation of the plane of Innistrad leads down a rabbit hole of Prussian culture.

For example, the people of Thraben sure are fond of fitted waistcoats and pants. For the most part, cathars and scholars alike are depicted with this clean style of dress. Why? The first step is that military uniforms have always inspired fashion. Warriors are valued in nearly every culture, and thus their people emulate warrior dress to feel connected to the aspirations of the warrior (bravery, loyalty, honor, and so on). If you’ve ever worn a leather bomber jacket, you have participated in this practice.

The Kingdom of Prussia had one of the most disciplined and professional armies in Europe at the time. A large part of that was their standardized uniforms made from fitted clothing. Function was paramount to the Prussians, and the military influences could be seen all across Victorian fashion. The tight waistcoats, belts, and hats we see across Innistrad are rooted in such designs. Clean, professional, functional Prussian values echo into a fantasy world for us to appreciate.

In this way, world building provides a thousand gateways of opportunity for education. A player’s curiosity is left to wander on its own, investigating the facets of culture that pique their interest. Enjoy the Temur? Go read about Siberian shamanism. Confused about Kamigawa? Delve into the Shinto religion and the kami that populate its worldview.

That isn’t to say that these fictional worlds are the end-all-be-all of the cultures that inspire them. Tropes don’t always accurately reflect reality. As with any educational endeavor, hubris looms for those that consider themselves experts without doing their homework. This is why I likened planes to gates and opportunities for education; the player still has to do outside work.

Maybe it’s also helpful to think of planes as advertisements for the cultures they represent. Visiting Innistrad isn’t visiting the Kingdom of Prussia, but it gives you a good idea of what to expect if you research Prussia further. You’ll find the roles of the church, the attitudes of the wealthy, and the life of a woodsman are more complex than one fantasy world can encapsulate. The fiction gives you a jumping off point, but the reality behind it is far more wondrous.

Phenomenology

Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle by Kieran Yanner

Experience is weird. Phenomenology is the philosophical school that talks about lived experiences, and trying to read the basic writings of the school is quite a task. How do you use words to get another person to understand what your own personal, subjective experience was like?

Communication is seemingly impossible, but humans make it work the best they can.

Building a fictional world fights this same battle. How do you, the world builder, convey the danger of Zendikar to a player? You have art, names, flavor text, and game mechanics at your disposal. Solving this problem is essentially the core of game design itself.

Successful world building may not be aiming to convey raw information about a culture, but instead offer an analogous experience to something in our world. Take a moment and thing about the most impressive landscape you ever saw. Not in pictures or movies, but in real life. A real place that you stood. Got it?

Now think about how less impressive a film of that location would be. Then think about how less impressive a postcard picture of that location would be. Then think about how less impressive a written story about that place would be.

Therein lies the problem with experiences: we can’t really share them! Instead, think about what that experience was. Maybe you were in awe of the massive power of an erupting volcano (It’s pretty cool and I highly recommend watching it happen sometime in your life.)

When building a world like Zendikar, you can’t really convey a specific experience of a specific volcano erupting. What you can try to convey, however, is the raw destructive power volcanos have. Capturing the emotional impact of a real-world experience is the greatest challenge of world building, but being successful here makes it the most rewarding endeavor.

So think about the success of Zendikar as a world. The full-art basic lands and verticality of environment exaggerate the landscapes in a way that mirrors such real experiences. Magic can’t capture what it’s like to look at the Grand Canyon, but it can provide a world filled with locations so astounding that you’ll pay more for its basic lands over others.

Zendikar captures the awe of natural beauty. Innistrad taps into a primal fear of the dark in many of its art pieces. Ravnica embodies the claustrophobia of city life. Fictional worlds don’t just encapsulate human culture, but also our shared visceral experiences.

Building a Better World

Human nature is largely driven by the opposite motives of comfort and curiosity. Successful world building taps into both of these drives, giving each of us something old, something new, something borrowed, and probably some Blue spells. Familiar tropes help guide our expectations and give our brains something easy to latch onto. The foreign teases our curiosity, often convincing us to explore foreign parts of our own world. Finally, compelling worlds deliver visceral and emotional experiences that reflect the feelings we’ve stored in our memories. If there is one aspect of game design that Magic has historically excelled at above all others, it has been constructing deep and exiting planes for us to enjoy.

Until next time, planeswalkers, may your own fictional expedition bring you back around to the Earth that surrounds you every day.