Reflections and Browsing the Blog

I'd like to preface that this discussion isn't really to stir any particular conversation. I'd thought about doing for a long time so that more people would know what Cardsmith was like in the past, although I'm busy with school and work, like anyone else. Now that school is nearing a close and summer is near, I figured I'd at least put out what I can recall before I forget. I'm closing this paragraph with the regretful fact that I wanted to do this last year, the year before, the year before that year, and the year the forums were created.

For the sake of clearness, I'm also perusing the blog, which goes back to early 2013.
Surprising, isn't it? It's obviously updated every so often, but I could hardly believe
it went back that far.

This is going to be a long read. You've been warned.
You have been warned that my memory is hazy - I am only human. Some details may not be correct. They'll be fixed by blog posts with the appropriate link. Since I missed several different time periods, they'll supplant what I was not present for. I hope I don't bore you with links from years past. I'm only covering what I believe is important, since 8 years is a lot to cover. If I have time, I will continue to link from the past notable events that aren't linked here.

Will I regret posting this? Maybe.

Remember that this post is filled with personal bias. Advance at your own peril.

Personal History

I've been a user here since late 2012 to early 2013, somewhere in between. Not the most faithful user, mind you, but here and there. When I first came here, there was very little. It was nothing like the MTG Cardsmith we all know and love. It was like an empty canvas, but it was budding, for sure. You couldn't tell from the lack of a way of communication or forums, but it was there. The constant buzzing of smiths smithing their cards. We didn't have accounts back then, which makes me chuckle whenever I think about it now. Disqus wasn't supported in the early years either, so there was no appraisal, only endorsement, although it was silent and from afar. I used my real name back then - it sort of makes me glad we get purged regularly. But I'm sure you'll find my name if you dig far enough into my Disqus comments.

2012
There was a Favored Cardsmiths section, but it was nothing like the Favored Cardsmiths we have today. Back then, it was measured by how many cards you could make in a year. There was a smith who smithed 1,500 cards in the span of a year. I guess it's appropriate to say they were an early Biblio of sorts, except they didn't make too many references to mainstream media. I wonder how the community would react if they saw what they had smithed, all 1,500 of those cards. Probably more. That was real dedication.

As I mentioned earlier, accounts were not a thing in the beginning. At the end of the smithing process back then, you were able to put in who the smith was. Or you could simply stay Anonymous. That works too; people still do it now, but I hardly see them.

2013
You'll have to forgive me since I was not exactly present for the majority of 2013. New card types were introduced in the creator, such as Enchantment Creature, and new set symbols were introduced. The iconic Shield and Axe is now limited to premium users, unfortunately for those who want a taste of nostalgia. However, these three stood out.

April 5th
Blog - Planeswalkers

Blog - Disqus
Yes, Disqus, our lovable form of communication outside of the forums. No comments.

June 6
Blog - Honored and Legendary Authors

Closing Remarks : The introduction of Disqus is very important to the site's history. It is used primarily to promote conversation between cardsmiths, and as you can all tell, offer feedback and ways to improve our smithing skills. Planeswalkers are also an important addition, now a highlight of the game, and especially with the pending release of War of the Spark come the end of the month.

The blog post for honored and legendary authors is important because it reveals the stark contrast between the featured system of today and years back. Imagine if we still used it now - Beeswax, AustinSmith, and other cardsmiths of similar magnitude would probably not be featured.

2014
Again, I was largely absent for the year. These are personal highlights.

January 17
Blog New Coordinator

February 3
Blog Hybrid Mana

Accounts
If I could, I would bold this a thousand times over.
- Beta
- Official Rollout

December 7
Blog - M15 Border

Closing Remarks : One of the things I personally believe should've been in the blog was the Athera Collaboration. It was one of the first attempts by the community to work with each other to create a full blown set. It was hugely popular at the time, and reaching the front page propelled it immensely. I missed the early stages of the set, but you can still witness some of its former designers now. Some have passed, purged and forgotten for inactivity.
Athera

2015

March 4
Blog - Forums

April 11
Blog - Notes on Growth
I wasn't there when the site first came into being. I wonder who's been here all along?

June 7
Blog - Sets

2016

May 30
Blog - Sets

June 19
Blog - 5 Years + New Borders

November 4
Blog - Editing Cards (Premium)

November 22
Blog - Account Updates

2017

February 17
Blog - Updated Card Maker

Featured Cardsmiths
October - Beeswax and Platypusburger
November - Teacup and AustinSmith

December - 1,000,000 Cards
- Featured Cardsmiths : Faiths_Guide, modnation675, and Mercyque

Comments

  • 2018

    Featured Cardsmiths
    January - Tomigon and Mila
    February - Suicidal_Deity and ningyounk
    March - Corwinnn and saveria201

    April - Acquisition of Why MTGCardsmith
    - Featured Cardsmiths : Animist and BellBOY_d

    Featured Cardsmiths
    May - MrRansom and TenebrisNemo

    June - Colored Artifacts
    - Featured Cardsmiths : Lujikul and Phelgming

    Featured Cardsmiths
    July - Tesarand and Gelectrode

    July 14
    Blog - Coast to Coast Begins

    Featured Cardsmiths
    August - Crimson and Latinas
    September - Noobplayzgames and Jonteman93
    October - KrampisZman and fellwynd
    November - MercifulNeptune and Undead
    December - East2West and fraziel07

    2019

    Featured Cardsmiths
    January - sorinjace, Aryanf, and Dechujoh64
    February - DomriKade and bnew07

    Gaining Recognition
    This blog post formally recognized ways to be... well, recognized.
    - Featured Cardsmiths : JPastor and Nirvava

    Featured Cardsmiths
    April - KJMartina and Ranshi922

    With that, we close the timeline of the site's history, both from personal recollection and more than 30 pages of blog posts. While it may be good to sift through all thirty pages to truly understand the changes MTG Cardsmith has gone through over the years, be warned that there are several combined pages' worth of giveaways and maintenances that maybe you may want to skip over.

    Post-History Remarks
    I was hoping to put out more, but I'm getting tired, so that'll be it for today.

    I loathe ending typing this, as I enjoyed combing through the blog, but alas, I must stop to post this at some point. There were many things I did not, and could not convey or type in two hours - later I will return and expand on what I can. But as we can all see, the site has grown immensely over 8 years. As a long time user, I'm proud to have been here for many of the improvements the site has undergone, but I regret missing out on so much. I was there in 2012. I was not there when I could've first met Corwinnn, Tomigon, and the rest of you when you first came here. I was not there when the Athera Collaboration began - the first work of effort by multiple cardsmiths. I missed much.

    But enough with painful thoughts that scar me solely for being absent. I close at the time of posting with words true to my heart, after finding an interesting tidbit hiding about in the blog : When the site first came out, you thought it was an experiment. Now, it's barely seen as one - it is a hustling, bustling community of cardsmiths, far greater than any of us could imagine.
  • And lastly, since I’m kinda silly and forgot the first thing I was supposed to do, I’ll tag the first user we should all be thinking of, and the rest after I wake up again.

    @mtgcardsmith
  • Member Since: 12/05/2014
  • Member since May 16th, 2015! Y'all have it so easy with multicolored borders...
  • I'm more recent than all of you. Member Since: 2/01/2016
  • Member Since: 8/29/2014
  • This was also an important update!
    New Feature: Follow Member - Nov 29, 2015
    https://mtgcardsmith.com/blog/new-feature-follow-member#disqus_thread
  • Member since 3/01/2016. Looks like I’m exactly one month younger @Lujikul hahaha
  • Member since: 05/16/2011

    Thank you for this timely post. It serves as a solid reminder of our origins and how far we've come. I'd say the experiment has been a success, and with success comes change and responsibilities. Something to keep in mind as we chart the challenging course ahead.

    A community shout out to our supporters and organizers who keep this site moving, growing and fun!

    @Corwinnn x1000
    @Tomigon
    @East2West
    @Suicidal_Deity
    @Animist
    @Faiths_Guide
    @Damnation
    @murkletins

    and everyone else who has contributed and supported us in some way over the past 8 years!
  • @mtgcardsmith
    Thanks for the shout out :)
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