Blog the Magic Gathering

A poor man's blog for Magic the Gathering (MtG), Wizards of the Coast (WoTC), deck construction, cards, combos, game play, MtG podcasts, etc.

What is "Magic: the Gathering"? Magic is a collectible fantasy-themed playing card game kinda combining Uno, War, Chess, and art dealing: match colors, draw 4, high card beat low card, different cards attack in different ways while you ogle hot chicks and dragons drawn by your favorite artists on cards you can sometimes sell for big money.
It's Pokimon for grown ups. Srsly, get your Pokimon player a Magic deck and they'll instantly sprout pubes and consider a career as a mathmatician.

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Highlights of Blog the Magic Gathering:
MTG Podcasts (I should update this)
Music: the Gathering (MTG Compilation)
M:TMNT (Magic: The Mutant Ninja Turtles)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008:


My Introduction to Magic: the Gathering

I was walking through a bookstore at a mall and saw a Magic starter pack. As soon as I saw it I was intrigued. I felt like there was something special about it. At first I wondered if it was a tarot deck, but I took a look and was curious enough that I became determined to get some cards even though I had no idea what it was. I can't remember exactly when and where I got my first starter pack, though I do recall having Strip Mine, Mox Jet, and Time Walk. I might have also had a Black Lotus, because I kinda remember thinking something like, "[Stupid flower, I don't wants flowers and jewelry. I want MAGICK.]". Serves me right, karma rewards thieving little delinquents with pics of stupid flowers, jewelry, and weird skinless guys following Pac-Man food up a hill. I can't say for certain what happened to those cards, I probably gave them away; I do that alot, I get cards and realize I have nobody to play with and then give them away, then get some more in a few years until I give those away.


I met Richard Garfield and at Origins in 96, I went there because I was an avid roleplayer. I talked to him after a seminar and he asked if I had a deck, but all I could show him was a new 4th Edition starter pack I had just gotten, because at the time I was more interested in Jyhad (eventually renamed Vampire: the Eternal Struggle. I never did get that one last card to complete my set before I went antimaterialistic and threw them all away, including the Sabbat test cards which didn't even have artwork on them yet, but I digress, but I like digressing, so it's ok). Richard signed my Jyhad rules book and I haven't been to a gaming convention since.

To be continnued...

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