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With Strength I Burn
10-28-2009, 03:52 AM
How many people play Magic: The Gathering here? I've recently started and enjoy it immensely. In some ways, it resembles Alan Moore's idea of "magic" and "Tarot Cards"; (http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/mm/9)it's essentially putting forth your life's philosophy into a card game (make sure to read the bunch of links on the second row of links and the third row of links, not the first one). (http://www.wizards.com/magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/mm/15)For example, mono-black decks are not necessarily synonymous with suffering or evil, but instead, they reveal the player doesn't ascribe to the notion of "objectivity in morals" whilst continuing to win at all costs, even sacrificing creatures. Black is essentially a color of selfishness, not necessarily a bad thing. Each color is best at accomplishing certain strategies, and their core philosophy relates to it in certain ways.

Besides the philosophical aspect of Magic: The Gathering, it's a pretty fun, strategic game. I am currently using a white and black deck. I personally prefer Legacy format over Standard + Extended formats (http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=judge/resources/sfrtype15).

If you wish to learn how to play Magic, consult this man's Youtube. (http://www.youtube.com/user/Dynorider2001) It is better than the actual official tutorial videos by Wizard.

If you don't enjoy the social aspect of Magic: the Gathering, then you can always register on Magic: The Gathering Online. You still have to purchase your cards, singularly or through packs (e.g., boosters, boxes, etc.), but the graphics seem nice and, as I've heard, the rules work well in the system.

Dr. Bantham
10-28-2009, 08:47 PM
I was introduced to Magic: The Gathering just over ten years ago. I believe my card collection goes back to Mirage and stalled around Stronghold. I found myself reduced to collecting primarily and playing secondarily once or twice a year when friends came in for the holidays. Recently, however, my son has become interested in playing and I dusted off my collection. It was neat to try out my decks of old. I always enjoyed the artwork as well as the complexities of the gameplay. I also have a complete collection of the Mythos CCG and a number of Kult CCG cards, though I have never played the latter. Video games (MMO's in particular) seem to have severely diminished the number of the RPG and CCG fans.

hypnogeist
02-17-2010, 06:03 PM
Read the color philosophy articles at WOTC you've provided links to. Great stuff! Anyone interested in philosophy or sociology probably will find them interesting reading. Surprisingly insightful and thought provoking ideas are expressed in several places throughout the articles, though there are also many inconsistencies and logic flaws, at least when the philosophies are considered outside the context of the game.

MTG is a very enjoyable game with much depth and color (the card illustrations alone are often a pleasure to behold, and sometimes even qualify as astounding works of art). I've not played in probably over 10 years, mainly because there is no one around to play with. For awhile I collected the cards for the art. Nowadays I collect original MTG art, on the rare occaisions when I can afford it, that is.