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Magic: The Gathering is a card game, but the storytelling and world-building that goes into informing those cards is basically unmatched across the world of games. They announced this week that the game is going back to the world of Ravnica, and it took me down a nostalgia hole.

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As Magic: The Gathering approaches its 25th anniversary, head designer Mark Rosewater is perched at a crucial point between past and future. The game's next set of cards will reprise Magic's classic Dominaria setting, with the game's original creator Richard Garfield tag-teaming design with Rosewater. But while it looks back, it will also look forward, making a tweak that some players have demanded for years: Changing the player's pronoun to the gender-neutral "they" on all future cards.

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Valve recently demoed its upcoming card game Artifact at its Seattle office and the details have begun pouring in. While Valve founder Gabe Newell reportedly called Blizzard's Hearthstone the "benchmark" for online card games, Artifact sounds as though it will be very different.

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Since 1993, Magic: The Gathering has had, more or less, the same logo. There have been updated versions, but they were slight. That's true of the latest iteration, but compared to the earlier updates, the changes are noticeable.

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Ixalan, the 76th Magic: The Gathering expansion, was released on Friday. Featuring dinosaurs and pirates, I had thought that what I'd love about this set most would be squishing my opponents while borne upon the backs of giant reptiles, and possibly wearing a jaunty tricorne hat. Yet the thing that excited me most about building my next deck was a simple rule change.