Do you believe in Magic?

“You play magic?” Claire’s friend asks excitedly. “I brought my decks.”

Four years ago no one played magic at either Acorn on Twin Oaks.  Spot introduced me to the game and it turned out several people had played in the past, including importantly Gpaul.  Hawina and i learned from Spot and then started playing around here.  Willow was the first kid to play with us, then Jonah caught on, soon Rowan would follow.  Now there are games here all the time and at least occasionally at Acorn as well.  i immodestly credit myself for spreading this minor addiction.

It is a complicated game, unlike Chess or Go, the rules are changing each turn and the players do not play by the same rules.  Magic is an elegant, elaborate interlocking game which, like its inspiration Cosmic Encounter, has different game elements that are complexly equated and balanced. New member Tim had the slightly heart breaking news this evening that many of the cards in my favorite deck (the dreaded Broodstar) are banned (artifact lands, if you must know).

We have made up some of our own rules.    You can get stuck in magic if you dont have enuf lands in your hand.  Since our objective is to have fun – which usually means having a close game, if you get stuck because you have not drawn a land you need, we let you search for one to get your game going again.  At the risk of offending someone, i dubbed this the “Armenian Rule”.  For along time this as just our generally accepted practice, but with some more serious players in our midst now we distinguish between “friendly games” where the Armenian rule applies and “unfriendly games” where if you have bad luck you are just stuck.

Claire’s guest was not surprised to get beat by my soon to be 9 year old son.  Heck, he beats me half the time and i studied game theory.

About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

3 responses to “Do you believe in Magic?”

  1. Richard Jbird Lisko says :

    Sometimes I get the feeling that all this game shite is just a retreat from dealing with reality. If people put a little of the energy they spend gaming into organizing oh I don’t know a democracy movement or a liberation front we would not be in the mess we are today.

  2. Richard Jbird Lisko says :

    Oh, by the way, yes I do believe in magic. William S.Burroughs has already written that the next revolution will be carried out by the magicians. If these games are preparing for that day then all the power to you gamers. If not, though, it can be a big waste of time (which is limited).

  3. Will says :

    Doesn’t everyone pretty much beat everyone else about half the time? Magic is sort of that kind of game.

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