The Wonderful World of Cardboard, or How to get into Magic the Gathering

MTG Logo BW Interested in Magic: The Gathering, but don’t know how to start? Don’t worry, I’ll tell you what I believe are the best ways to get into the game. Before delving into it, it should be known that Magic is a pretty big game, having been around for over 20 years, with multiple expansion releases per year, and a massive fanbase of all ages, genders, nationalities, etc. Along with the physical game, there are dozens of digital games, ranging from a replication of the card game, to RPGs and strategy games. The actual game itself has many formats, some of which restrict your card selection, restrict the amount of cards you can play, or give no restrictions whatsoever. Still seems daunting? It is at first, but it’s that way for anything with a large following. If you want to get started in Magic, or get back into Magic after a long hiatus, there are three good ways to get into it nowadays: Casually and/or digitally, attending a Prerelease, or attending an FNM or major tournament.

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Magic: The Gathering: First Friday Night Magic Event

khans of tarkir bannerI’ve been collecting the Magic: The Gathering Fates Reforged set. I had a complete set along with a boat load of common cards. I thought I would try to put together a Khans of Takir block constructed deck. I put my deck to the test at ,my first ever Friday Night Magic gathering at The Gaming Goat, which was running a standard deck tournament.

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Magic: The Gathering Introduces First Transgender Character

Alesha Who Smiles At Death

Alesha, Who Smiles at Death
Art by Anastasia Ovchinnikova

I have played Magic: The Gathering before in the past, but I’m not a huge fan of the series. I have played the digital version of the game from time to time. I also have not gotten into the many different novels and short stories written about the franchise. There was one online short story that sparked my attention.

About a week ago the Fate Reforged set was released with the digital version to be released on February 2, 2015. On January 28, 2015 a short story about one of the characters, Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, was posted titled “A Truth of Names”.

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