If there is a reason for something to take away my attention to the blog, it is the discovery of a game than keeps me so engrossed, that I forget everything around me. This happened to me in recently weeks: I went to my parents’ house, picked up a few old boxes and BAM! I am addicted to Trading Card Games again.
For those who don’t know, Magic: the Gathering is a pretty unique kind of game, where every player takes the role of a powerful wizard who summons creatures to attack an enemy. It is a quite unique kind of game, since it has not been quite reproduced by other companies. During the years the game has grown immensely, having a very big and complex tournament structure.
For me it is a nostalgic trip back to my teens and college years. I was browsing a bit in my boxes, finding some interesting gems that I played with, and suddenly I got pushed back again to the game. It has grown. I must have abandoned it for about five to six years, and now the look is different, the rules are, and somehow I got the feeling of becoming a grumpy old man.
So here I am re-exploring my old game and trying again to pick up the old addiction than always left me poor. I am willing to see what is new and what is old. In other words, this is going to become yet another topic of this blog, aside from video games and fantasy stuff. I even got, for the first time in almost decades, a DCI number. Now I am part of the system.
The idea is that I will play mostly casual games, included with some Friday Night Magic tournaments, to see how well I fare at a game I loved and now have to re-discover with great difficulty. This will include set reviews and card reviews. Hopefully I can get on another distraction that gave me so much lately. And if you say why include Magic into my games list: this is a fantasy blog, and Magic: the Gathering IS fantasy.
As far as the experience goes, I had to get used first to the new look. But up to now everything has been going nicely. I have been drawing foiled cards (shiny versions of cards that tend to be rarer to get) of pretty important cards, “Sliver Hivelord” of the new M15 edition being the highlight to me. But there are so many formats today: limited, constructed, draft, cube draft, commander, standard, vintage, modern, etc. It is just so much information to get into the head. Also, locating stores in my area has been quite a chore, since in my area the situation has not changed much. It may be attributed to the lack of potential players, since not many earn money to cost this addiction.
Anyway, I will try to update bit by bit, to see what else I can find with wide and wondering eyes. Until then…
Nai ainur raituar tietyanna!