Q1: How did the Lily_Vess Twitter account begin?
LVT: I started on July 24th, 2014. As I waited for the ferry to my hometown, I thought to myself: "I'm a Twitter roleplayer and I'm a Magic player. Maybe I could mix both."
ElspethFTW: Seems like it's been a pretty big success.
Q2: What's your favorite thing about Magic roleplaying?
LVT: My favorite thing? Probably that, like any other RPG, I can make headcanons for the character I roleplay as. For instance, Bertrand being Liliana's middle name comes from it being my actual middle name.
ElspethFTW: Yeah it's great how role playing allows you to make a character your own even when it's an existing character.
Q3: What are your feelings on the Gatewatch? A lot of people don't like it, but I like having a regular cast of characters myself. What's your take as a Liliana RP’er?
LVT: I have mixed feelings on the Gatewatch. Lily accepted to join them and battle Emrakul, but after that, there was no real need for her to stay in the group. I sure like a regular cast of characters, but two years is a long time for a Magic story.
ElspethFTW: Yeah I agree that they should switch things up here and there. But Liliana is so loved and her planeswalker cards so beloved that I get why WotC is so intent on keeping her in the mix.
Q4: As a Magic player, do you like the direction the game is going right now? Why or why not?
LVT: Not really. With the card stock quality being lowered, I've had cards that curled in the ten minutes they were out of the pack. Also, the Reserved List buyouts in the last years make things worse, since many cards become less and less accessible as investors buy them out.
ElspethFTW: Regarding cardstock I know there were issues with recent Masters sets. But I didn't realize this was a problem carrying over to new standard legal sets. I'll definitely look into this because that's a major problem.
LVT: Yeah, there were some major problems, such as some Ixalan DFCs being printed on the wrong card stock.
ElspethFTW: As for the reserved list I really think adjustments need to be made for the good of the game. Still, I get they don't want to break a long time promise. But something needs to be done.
Q5: There have been recent crossover products between Magic and DnD. Do you think that Wizards should try to create more roleplaying-centric products?
LVT: I'm not sure. If Magic gets more of those products, more and more people would get away from the traditional TCG to go to the RPG products. However, if done properly, it could be a viable product.
ElspethFTW: I do think that done correctly there could be an untapped market.
Last but not least, if you could change one thing about Magic, what would it be?
LVT: On Wizards' side, as I said earlier, the card stock is worse at every set. Wizards should start with that before thinking about other problems. On the community's side, the way male players treat women should be fixed.
ElspethFTW: Yeah I'm not sure what's up with the cardstock. It definitely needs to be addressed.
And yes, the treatment of women by male players is definitely a problem. Some LGS are taking action but it is definitely a community issue that needs to have consequences for those who are clearly causing a problem.
Cool. Thanks again for your time and sharing your insights!
LVT: No Problem
I’m very concerned about this cardstock problem. Has anyone else had issues with recent sets, especially with Ixalan double-faced cards?
Also, the treatment of women players from some male players in the community has been unacceptable. Do you think there should be harsher penalties for this, especially at Local Game Stores and major tournaments?
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