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The Ethical Color Pie: Grouping our Favs by an Ethical System

What could be more entertaining than applying an ethical system from one universe to our favorite characters from others? In this episode, we take the ethical color pie from Magic: The Gathering—which categorizes ethics based on motivations and mindsets rather than actions—and see how it aligns with other characters. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with MtG; if you enjoy discussing the ethical frameworks of characters like Tony Stark, Malcolm Reynolds, and Han Solo, this episode has something for you!

Rob McKenzie is a voracious reader of science fiction and fantasy, as well as a Magic: The Gathering judge hailing from Minnesota. He’s dedicated to interesting books, orchestrating great gaming events, and helping others revel in their passions.

Meg Baum, a Level 3 MTG Judge and an irredeemable nerd, delights in stories, cooking, and adventure. She serves as the Judge Manager for Pastimes and occasionally works as a Decontamination Technician at nuclear power plants. Catch her on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and pretty much everywhere else as @mbgeekgirl.

In light of our conversation about Magic: The Gathering, and our ongoing discussions about justice and activism, we’d like to highlight an important fundraiser. The #MagicArtChallenge is a charity initiative supporting Black Lives Matter and related causes. Community members are auctioning off original Magic art, sketches, and more to raise funds for these charities. The challenge has impressively raised $20,000 so far! For more information and to get involved, visit Magic Art Challenge.

Riki Hayashi and Matthew Fox explore the ethical questions from the stories geeks love—superheroes, sci-fi, anime, fantasy, video games, and so much more.