p4d: How did you start playing Magic: The Gathering?
NS: My Uncle Dave bought me a starter deck of beta for Christmas 1993 and I immediately taught myself how to play. I found a store in town that sold the cards and I soon began hanging out there and got to know the staff, playing casual games when it wasn’t too busy and trading cards with the other customers when it was. My uncles and cousins played back then and continue playing today. Family gatherings are always followed by Magical Gatherings.
p4d: You’re a level 2 judge and the main Tournament Organizer for Yellowjacket Comics in Victoria, BC. What do you like most about judging and organizing events?
NS: I like helping people get to enjoy their hobby. Teaching someone the rules of the game, introducing someone to card interactions they find exciting, running a successful tournament, hosting a league, awarding someone a plane ticket and an invite to the Pro Tour. These things all bring a sense of satisfaction, especially when I hear positive feedback from the players. I’ve been lucky to work for a really great Magic community in Victoria.
p4d: What has it been like leading the Planeswalkers for Diversity stream team?
NS: I’m still just getting my feet wet at this, but I have high hopes that the stream team will continue to grow and that www.twitch.tv/mtgdiversity will start to have it’s own unique vibe that stream viewers will key into. It’s been a lot of fun so far and I’ve enjoyed meeting some really cool people through the effort.
p4d: You are one of the co-founders of Planeswalkers for Diversity. Why do you think it is important?
NS: I want to play and judge Magic tournaments in an environment where hurtful language and behaviour aren’t present. I wanted to band up with people who also hold this value in order to share support.
p4d: What would you like to see Planeswalkers for Diversity accomplish?
NS: On the one hand I’d love to see our banner being displayed at Magic events and the meaning behind the banner understood by players that there would be zero tolerance of offensive language and behaviour. The real dream would be that the group dissolves because Magic players are all just so awesome that no one ever thinks to act otherwise.