One of my short stories was published in an eBook that released on Friday, January 31st. The book is called “The Complete Commander: An Unofficial Guide” by Bennie C. Smith. It’s a book of background, strategies, and tips for the collectible card game, Magic: the Gathering. Interspersed throughout the book are short fantasy stories based on characters in the game. I was asked to contribute a story about the character, “Balthor the Defiled,” who happens to be a zombie dwarf. (How cool is that?)
I’m thrilled with the end result of the story and the eBook itself. This was an independently produced eBook, yet the editing and production was executed at a professional level. I’ve been really impressed with the end result and humbled to be a small part of it. The real kudos should go out to author Bennie Smith, however, as this book is the product of years of his work in one of the most popular formats for Magic: the Gathering. (Interestingly enough, the Commander format was once a small niche in the gaming world – started by fans – and has since blossomed in popularity. Bennie covers some of that history in the book.)
I know many of you reading this blog don’t play Magic and are not really interested in board or card games. That’s fine. They’re not everyone’s cup of tea (cups of tea?). For me though, “tabletop games” (board and card games with a role-playing element) are a fun way to spend Saturday afternoons and other down time. Magic in particular has been a game that in recent years has connected me online with a number of new people across the states, and a whole group of players in the Grand Rapids area.
It’s also been an honor for me to contribute to the canon of a game I enjoy, even on the fan fiction level. I’ve blogged before on the value of fan fiction so I won’t rehash it all here. Suffice it to say that I hope this story isn’t my last foray into the world of Magic: the Gathering.
If you’re a Magic player and you’d like to purchase “The Complete Commander” you can do so here.