Thanks for all the feedback. I"m glad folks enjoyed this so much, and hope everyone can find some time to read this.
Unsurprisingly in retrospect, I guess, this really struck a cord with Old School players, even more than Vintage, on the facebook groups.
In case it wasn't clear or obvious, I've spun out the History of Vintage series into a few "free" articles, including this one, the history of the SCG series, and one in the works, which I will launch when the book launches. That one will be a year by year look at the 'best deck' of the year, from 1993 to the present, with one deck selected to highlight be per year. Look for that when the book launches.
A few specific replies:
@moorebrother1 said in [Free Article] Happy Birthday, Vintage! An Alternative History of the B&R List:
This was indeed a nice stroll down memory lane. I would like to sit down and look at the timelines with the rise and fall of the SCG Power Nine events and also look at the rise of MTGO with the restriction decisions.
The HoV chapters do this really well. They integrate a complete narrative, of events, B&R changes, controversies and debates.
Part of the reason for how they did things back then was access to information. I mostly played at game stores until 2011 and I remember the SCG events giving Vintage a platform back in 2002 where people could actually see decks and see the meta-game. Not sure if it changes anything but the overlay of that data would be interesting.
I do try to provide data relevant to the restrictions debated, but much more data is provided in the HoV chapters.
@nedleeds said in [Free Article] Happy Birthday, Vintage! An Alternative History of the B&R List:
Great retrospective and some fair and balanced postulating! For old people like me it's a good memory refresher. An interesting follow up might be the 5 most important moments in Type I's history (assuming Type I starts from January 1994).
Onslaught's Fetchlands is absolutely in the Top 5 of any story you could tell. I will consider such an article.
I'm open to other "spin off" ideas for free articles complementing the chapters/books.