Across the Table #19 – Executive Producer John Douglass

“I mean, worst case scenario, you make mistakes, it’s a good story, you learn from it and you move on. That’s kind of the philosophy of ‘The Bridge,’ I guess, is publicizing our mistakes because they’re hilarious.” Almost 20 years ago, Executive Producer John Douglass started playing Magic in Louisville, Kentucky. Almost two years ago, he started a “hang-out” style podcast called “The Bridge” with some friends. Now, he’s become the new Content Manager for LegitMTG.com. We talked all about his journey from player to community pillar, his big family, the all boys Catholic school he attended, his relationships with former castmembers, and much more.

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Across the Table #18 – Bill Boulden aka Spruke

“You are worth it, you are awesome, no one is doing anything wrong if they want to be with you.” Before his transformation, musician Bill Boulden aka Spruke, was a wunderkind of sorts. An expert programmer and a budding musician, he was hampered by low self-esteem and self-hatred, the kind experienced by many of the last generation to feel nerd shame. Then, he became this wicked, confident, music-making, podcast host who is simultaneously crushing two very different careers. We talked at length about how music is science, programming is art, school is easy, and much, much more. His newest album Lies Synthpop Told Me is available on iTunes or wherever digital music is sold. And his electro-house podcastBump in the Night hits MTGCast.com every Monday.

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Across the Table #17 – GGsLive’s Rashad Miller

“Anything you can do in Magic, I’ve probably done it.” GGsLive’s Rashad Miller isn’t joking when he says this. Credits to his name include: Level 3 Judge, Pro Tour competitor, and now, “contractor for Hasbro.” What he means, of course, is that he’s a lifelong gamer who turned this love into a successful video company that covers Grand Prix across North America. We spoke before his trip to Worlds in Amsterdam where he would be in front of the camera, rather than behind. And, to address a certain part of the conversation, I used Worlds as an opportunity to dive head-first into watching coverage; you’ll know when you get there.

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Across the Table #16 – Artist Julie Baroh

“To suddenly go from eating Top Ramen to getting these four and five digit quarterly royalty checks was stunning.” Twenty years ago, artist Julie Baroh was a troublemaking college student; if it wasn’t for wasn’t for a spiteful dean, she would have been kicked out. Then, she bought into this little company with big dreams and suddenly she was a rich and famous brat. In this week’s episode, we talked on the phone about the Alpha days, her conflict with Wizards, the studio named Krab Jab, and the time when she quit art all together to become something very different.

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A special thanks to KYT and Mana Deprived for my new home.

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