I’ve just found out that Mike Davis has died. I’m sure most of you are saying to yourself “Who’s Mike Davis?” And what does he have to do with Magic? The answer is quite a lot.
Mike Davis was one of Richard Garfield’s best friends and was the one who convinced him to go to Seattle to try and sell his game Roborally to a tiny company called Wizards of the Coast.
Roborally had too many components for Wizards to produce but the CEO, a man named Peter Adkison, said he was interested in a card game that could be played in between role playing sessions. Richard said he had an idea he would throw together.
Mike Davis would later take a job at Wizards of the Coast as the Vice President of R&D. Of his many accomplishments, he was the man who hired me.
Mike has fought cancer for many years and sadly lost his battle with it today.
I would like to ask every Magic player to take a moment to bow their head for a man who was directly responsible for the game’s very existence.
Sam was born with hearing issues (which only became worse after handigo screamed in her ear and the explosion, and she needed to get surgery to fix her hearing. Mike, who also started experiencing hearing issues after being around so many explosions and gunshots, learned sign langue to communicate with Sam till she had her surgery)
Chris and Matt are both double jointed, but Chris more so than Matt
Jess memorized the alphabet backwards due to how many times she’s been pulled over from a DUI or was in the car with someone who got pulled over
Emily knows the capital of every state and almost every European country.
Ashley and Emily are “band buddies”. Ashley plays the flute, Emily plays the piano and violin.
Jess is secretly jealous that Ashley has such nice hair (and she doesn’t even have to dye it) and is not so secretly pissed off that she is always covering it with a hat.
Matt and Mike constantly have petty “who’s stronger” contests (especially when they’re drunk) such as: arm wresting contests, push up contest, pull up contests.
One party, they had a race to the end of the block and back, and Josh, being much drunker than both of them, decided to join in. He ended up falling in a bush and then puking on himself. (Matt won)
Chris had nerf guns as a kid. But not the regular nerf gun kid, like the one who has a special closest for all his guns and a basket of nerf darts that he keep fully stocked, just in case.
Sam’s mom was a first generation Polish American, so she taught Sam polish when she was little and she’s still half fluent in it.
Emily is a first generation Japanese American, so she is fluent in not only Japanese, but Spanish, and French.
Jess is secretly a really good artist. She never had any lessons or anything, she’s just always been doodling in class rather than paying attention (she does it for therapy after the incident)
Matt wanted to be a doctor as a kid, but his dreams were crushed after he began struggling in school and decided her wasn’t “smart enough” to be one.
Ironically, Mike wanted to be a professional football player as a kid, but his Senator father crushed his dreams and made him drop out of the sport just before high school.
Josh was a master at magic tricks as a kid and had a plastic wand, cape, hat, and everything. He used to put on shows for Hannah and Beth. (Hannah loved them. Beth thought they were boring because she knew how he did the tricks.)
Chris on more than one occasion played his “lovely assistant”, and even wore a dress one time. (He has since burned all the photo evidence of it after the Washington’s embarrassed or blackmailed him with it one too many times)
Sam and Beth used to go to the gym together and were hiking partners. Hannah once tried to go to the gym with them and ended up nearly fainting from exhaustion.
Emily and Jess always throw each other surprise birthday parties, but it quickly turned completive as they always tried to out do each other. Jess always threw the better party, and so on year Emily threw Jess’s a month in advance, just to win by having the biggest surprise.
Ashley has three cats and she loves them all. She’s always covered with cat hair and Emily and Jess bring lint brushes every time they visit her house.