Now I know Mael of Warpainter is against this (he feels its a Black Hole, if you believe it) I have decided to start playing one of my oldest games again: Magic the Gathering. It was one of my first games if you will believe it, beyond video games. I started back when 4th Edition had just came out, and used to buy the magazines and play every week at a game store and the whole nine yards. I stopped playing about 8 years ago as I ran out of 2 things: Money and Time. I ended up losing my collection of cards as well (which was a pretty big one) and just never bothered playing again.
However, a few of my friends still play to this day, but with their older cards. I also was against the change that WotC did to the visual aspect of the cards, but I have grown to prefer the new way now. My biggest concern is actually getting back INTO the game. Last night I went ahead and spent the $10 bucks to try out MtG Online, and it was not bad. I played 4 games with a deck cobbled together by 2 boosters I bought online and the 500 or so cards the game gives you, and won twice. But it felt like it was missing something.
And then it hit me. I missed playing it WITH people, at a store. Going out on a friday or saturday night and playing it with people.
So I located a nearby store this morning (and I mean nearby, its like 10 minutes if that from my house, which is AWESOME) and a second store that is open even later, but is about 15 minutes away. They both have regular MtG nights and have hours where I can actually go and PLAY, which is awesome. Why can’t I have a Wargame store nearby like these? Who knows.
My biggest concern/confusion right now is where to begin. I have been out of the game for 8 years now, and so much has changed. New sets, new blocks, new rules, ect. I was looking at the Worldwake Intro Packs, which apparently come with a 41 card Preconstructed deck, a playmate, and a booster pack. I am gonna budget myself here, only $25 bucks to get started, which may get me 2 of those Intro packs. For those curious, here are the links: Rapid Fire (R/W) and Brute Force (G/R). I happen to like Red, Green, and White (in that order) when I play. I am gonna have to break out some of my DnD Dice for life of course.
So if I got those 2 intro packs, that would give me 82 cards, plus 30 cards in boosters. Thats a good start. Not sure about land though. That will be interesting. I will have plenty of Mountains I will tell ya that! hehe.
If you play MtG and have any suggestions for me let me know. I will say I am a casual player (in the sense that I just enjoy the game) so I tend not to care if I am top 8 and whatnot.
Oh and Mael? WARMACHINE IS A BLACK HOLE TOO YA KNOW?! Just saying ;)