Q: "I've always wondered how much refreshments (especially coffee) the Magic R&D consumes every day. Are there some who manage to do their Magical work without the magic of caffeine?"
A: From Paul Sottosanti, Magic R&D:
"Thanks for the question. We debated for some time and came up with the following list:
Top Five Most Caffeinated R&D Members
- Richard Garfield
- Randy Buehler
- John Carter
- Henry Stern
- Mons Johnson
"Richard is included at the top of this list not just for the name dropping factor, but because I'm told he likes caffeine more than all of R&D put together. When asked about the creator of Magic, Mark Rosewater paused, then answered, "Well, I've known Richard about nine or ten years, and...well, how about this. His email used to be firstname.lastname@example.org. How's that?" Randy surely needs his caffeine more than ever after the birth of his daughter. John Carter, when asked how much he'd had today, replied that he was working on his third soda and his fourth cup of hot chocolate. Henry Stern, longtime Magic developer, and Mons Johnson, leader of a little known group of goblin raiders, also qualified due to almost daily coffee consumption.
"As a bonus, we also compiled the opposite list:
Top Five Least Caffeinated R&D Members
- Mark Gottlieb
- Matt Place
- Paul Barclay
- Brian Schneider
"Our very own evil genius, Mark Gottlieb, learned at Evil Camp that alcohol, meat, and caffeine all blunt your mental capabilities. His dedication to the quest for world domination means that he's sworn off all three. Matt Place starts each morning off with a few laps around the mana pool, so doesn't need the artificial stimulation. It's interesting to note that the previous Rules Manager, Paul Barclay, falls at third on this list while his replacement John Carter has an equal standing on the other one. Who knew that Rules Manager could be such a stressful job? In any case, John was then quoted as saying, "If I ever leave this position, I'll probably retire from caffeine as well." Paul and Brian both have the occasional soy hot chocolate at Starbucks, but keep it fairly light. And as for me, I seem to be immune to the stuff, and coffee tastes, well, terrible, so there's not much point.
"So you could argue that the people who do partake in the magic of caffeine do better Magical work than the ones who don't, but some of us might disagree.