Wizards of the Coast has become my second home. I just returned from another three-week concept push at WotC in Renton, WA. I think this marks my fifteenth concept push, although, three of them were for Dungeons & Dragons. One time I did an emergency concept push that only lasted for two days, but I’m not counting that one.
This time I was joined by Jonas De Ro, Anna Steinbauer, Titus Lunter, and Min Yum. Min Yum you say? Yes I know, Min Yum is like a unicorn. I think everyone’s reaction has been “Min Yum was there?!? Where has he been?” He’s still alive?” I haven’t seen Min since GP Yokohama back in 2013, so I’ve been wondering the same thing. Min, get on the internet!
This concept push was very different from the previous pushes I’ve been on. WotC is always trying new things and constantly pushing the envelope. I’m excited to see where this push goes, but unfortunately we probably won’t see anything from this push for several years, if not longer. I wish I could say more, but for now I’ll just have to dangle the carrot.
I’m not sure about everyone else, but this push went by extremely fast. I guess it was due to the nature of the push. Thinking back now, it doesn’t even seem like I was there for three weeks, which is probably a good thing. I don’t think anyone wants to be in a position where something seems to drag on forever. Time flies when you’re having fun!
It was great working with everyone. Titus and Jonas were on the previous push with me earlier this year, but I’ve never met Anna in person. I always feel a little intimidated when starting a new push, even if I’ve worked with the other artists before. That feeling quickly slips away due to the fact that the other artists are always so humble and down to earth. The gaming art community tends to be very welcoming, which is a big help for introverts like me.
On the last day we decided to take a group shot. We were wandering around Dominaria (the lounge) when we noticed that there were five planeswalkers hanging on the wall. It just so happened that we had five artists. Jonas came up with a genius idea for each artist to stand in front of a planeswalker.
In case that was too nerdy, we also took a group shot on the couch. I didn’t realize that they were serious about doing the hand pose, so I ended up totally screwing up the photo.That was supposed to be my cool pose! I think I look uninterested instead of cool. This is why we can’t have nice things.
The push only ended two days ago, but I already miss everyone. Now that I have kids, I don’t get to hang out with the other artists after work. Judging from all of the photos I’ve seen, it looked like everyone had a great time. Hopefully we will meet again!