I play Magic: The Gathering on occasion, and found the “Create your own magic card” assignment amusing because of its creative potential. Its fun to think of a favorite character’s traits and abilities and distilling those things into stats for a card game. I chose Harry Dresden, a character from a series of books called the Dresden Files, a fantasy noir series about a wizard in modern day Chicago. Dresden did much to influence my character, Jim Sardic, and I thought it’d be fun to put him on a card while giving him some credit for helping my ideas for developing Sardic’s personality. Colors in Magic represent certain traits in people and environments. For Dresden, I chose his fundamental colors to be red and blue. Red represents raw power, pushing yourself through a conflict with brute force, and fire. Blue represents control and thinking ahead to give yourself an advantage when trouble does come, a trait common to the archetypal wizard.