Kilgore the Apostate

Bog Rats

Bog Rats

The other night I dug out an old deck of cards, one that I fondly call my “rat deck”, and obliterated my son in a game of Magic: The Gathering.

And I liked it.

There are a lot of things about the M:TG business model that I don’t like. And I certainly don’t consider it an RPG or any sort of replacement for D&D. But, despite the reputation the game seems to have among old school D&Ders, I don’t see anything wrong with the game.

I’ll have a bit more to say about it in the very near future.

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3 Responses to Kilgore the Apostate

  1. I used to LOVE playing Magic. I had some of the most twisted decks…. I got on board in Alpha, and I sold my entire collection ’round about Stronghold, to finance a new computer. I still have all the games (Duels of the Planeswalkers and Spels of the Ancients) and play it regularly. I also have the Magic Encyclopedia, but could never find enough people with it to try the “deck trial” portion of it. I have the first version of the online game, but I wasn’t about to refinance getting into that game (plus, lemme tell you… it took me 96 HOURS to download all the updates on dialup the last time I loaded it, and that was like… 4 years ago). I miss old Magic, up to around Ice Age of so. Then, the game changed too much (or maybe the business model). Every once in a while, I grab a few packs and a starter deck out of a sense of nostalgia, but it just doesn’t do it. Now, if I could play some of my old Type I decks in a free online format…… 😉

  2. Lord Gwydion says:

    I had a similar experience a couple years back. A friend had brought his collection of Magic cards to Japan with him, and myself and another friend already had our collections there, collecting dust. We decided to break them out one night when we didn’t have enough people to play D&D.

    Man, it was fun. Forget about the super killer tournament tested decks, we were playing the kind of silly, out there decks built more for style than game substance, for the most part. And we had a blast.

    Now, I’ve moved on to Korea, but they’ve gotten a few other former MtG players to come out of the woodwork, and have semi-regular game sessions in this out of the way Japanese city.

  3. GamerDude says:

    Magic the Gathering was / is an amazing game. The whole concept was terrific, the art was ahead of it’s time and the game play itself was very flexible. I loved that game. I started in 93 as well and played religiously for a few years…but then realized that it was never going to be an “affordable” hobby. So, I dropped it.

    I still have most of my cards and have even joined a draft tournament in the last 10 years, but I’ll never get back into the game with the same intensity again. I actually broke out my old cards a year ago in order to show my daughters the art. They loved them and my eldest immediately wanted to play. So, I taught her. It didn’t last long though, it’s just too time consuming for an 11 year old.

    Still, I really do like that game.

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