[pix_dropcap]O[/pix_dropcap]n August 15th, 2016 I will launch my first playmat Kickstarter! There will be six different playmats to choose from: Birthing Pod, Soul of New Phyrexia, Bridge from Below, Praetor’s Counsel, Bloodghast, and Bloodstained Mire. Praetor’s Counsel and Bridge from Below will be a Kickstarter exclusive playmats. I will also be offering 11×17 prints of the same six illustrations.
If this Kickstarter is successful, I plan on launching additional playmat Kickstarters featuring different illustrations. So if your favorite card isn’t offered in this first run, don’t worry! I would love to take suggestions on future playmat designs.
A few months ago I took a poll on which Magic: The Gathering illustrations people wanted to see as a playmat. Most likely the second wave will consist of Hangarback Walker, Form of the Dragon, Moonrise Intruder, Geist of Saint Traft, and Mindwrack Demon.
Some people might wonder why certain Magic illustrations weren’t in the poll. Since the aspect ratio of playmats is different from that of a Magic card, some illustrations don’t work very well due to the cropping. I also didn’t list some of my older Magic paintings because I used to paint very small and I don’t know if they would hold up printed at such a large size. Not to mention my older Magic cards were pretty loose and messy.
There are a few caveats with our playmat deal with WotC. We can only print Magic illustrations that were printed for the game. So I couldn’t, for example, take Demonic Tutor and fix it up to make it look better for print since my new edits weren’t in the original printed card. That also means we can’t combine Magic illustrations or create new Magic illustrations.
If you enjoy Magic: The Gathering, please consider backing my Kickstarter. The Kickstarter isn’t live yet, but you can still take a look at the site. Thanks!