Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Now Playing: Magic the Gather... again... this time Online
When I worked at Fun 'N' Games in California, I used to pick up a fair amount of cards, but I was never the resident Magic Guru. We had another guy, Brian, who would usually run Friday Night Magic, or the tournaments on the weekends. I didn't do to much work with singles buying, but sometimes, when the other guy wasn't there, I picked up some cards that I knew we would sell... and sell we did.
The highlight for me as a Magic Player came around the time of the Guild Pact set. That was the only era of the game which I have actually played hardcore. I picked up a couple boxes of packs and was opening packs up just about every week. I played in several local tournaments and placed top 8 a few times, but that was never enough to win anything. I don't even think I ever got a DCI number... but, I had a lot of fun.
I think Draft has always been my favorite play format because the playing field gets nice and even. You don't have to worry about having a deck that loses because it isn't full of the best cards. I have never been one to shill out massive amounts of money for expensive, unbeatable decks, instead, turning to commons bins and friends with boxes of cheap cards in order to build fun, semi-competitive decks. I have had a few nice ones, which I loved, including a deck full of walls.
Among the gaming groups in Yamanashi, there are currently two groups that run D&D - one on Tuesdays and one that I run at my place once in a long while (unfortunately most of my players are running out of time on their contracts and are heading home pretty soon - bummer). But, there is also a recurring Thursday night MTG group that gets together for some casual play, running strange game formats and playing multiplayer. I have been to that group once since I got here and I am going again tonight. You'll note that I only had one post come up today because I have been busy... deckbuilding and getting MTG:Online Running on my netbook (that was a huge pain btw, but one 5 minute call to WotC customer service was able to get my account running in no time. Because of my small, tiny screen, the resolution changes make the activate new account button invisible... lame! that is something they might want to think about fixing at some point :P but, oh well. My fault for playing below the resolution requirements).
So, if you are a MTG:Online player and you want to get in a game with Greg the Minotaur, feel free to friend me and follow me on Twitter. They both use the same screen name. My SN is Shinobicow776; you can follow me @Shinobicow776 using one of the buttons on the top of this here blog and then request games with me when I am offline. I will probably be online after work most days, when I am not working on RPG related stuff, so I should be easy to find. Go easy though. It has been a while. I'm very rusty.