From the campaign:
WANDS came about when I was trying to teach my non-nerdy girlfriend (now wife) how to play Magic: the Gathering. It didn't go very well :)
After that, I wanted to blend the fast-paced action and easy-to-pick-up-it-ness (it's a word now!) of Uno with MTG, to create something that was quick and fun for the whole family, but that had a little bit of strategy to it.
And thus, WANDS was born.