MAGIC: The Gathering at the Trough

Written by Lillian Tram on November 12th, 2012


I have a confession to make: I’m a closet nerd. I know, I know. I’m pretty proud of it, too! Part of my nerd-dom involves playing Magic: The Gathering with my friends. I learned how to play about a year ago and I definitely picked up on it pretty quickly.


It’s a lot of fun, and for people who have never done it before you can really get into it and go through the game really intensely!


For those of you who aren’t familiar, the game was created in the early 1990s, and today boasts millions of players around the world. You can play it two at a time, or with a bigger group, and it uses a deck of cards that represents a battle between wizards that the game calls “planeswalkers.”


The game can get pretty complex, but what you are trying to do in essence is use the planeswalkers to go though the game and defeat your opponents. There are so many people playing the game that there are big organized tournaments for it, and even professional Magic players out there who make lots of money doing it!


I’m not that good – yet – but I do like to play the game with my friends and show off my inner nerd. Plus, what would the game be without a little piggy flavor?


There are so many cards in Magic, and they are all intricately designed and created, that you know they are going to pay homage to my favorite animal!


Playing around the other day, I could find just a few of the pig cards, like Zodiac Pig, who is what the game calls a Swampwalk. That means he can’t be blocked – what a powerful piggy!



Plus, there’s the festerhide boar, who looks pretty mean in his own right! There’s a bunch of others, too, like the bladetusk boar, another piggy creature that can’t be blocked and comes with power! The Durkwood Boar, the Brindle Boar (my favorite colors!), the Flinthoof Boar, and a whole bunch of others round out the piggy lineup on Magic: The Gathering.







There are plenty of other pig-related cards in the game, but you get the point – the swine come to bring it when it’s time for Magic: The Gathering!




I often wonder if they’d ever have a full series of just pigs and boars, and what I would do if that happened. Plus, I wonder how powerful a full series of pig would be, and whether they’ll transform!

Ahhh, there’s the inner nerd in me again! 🙂


What about you guys, have you ever played Magic? Are there any nerdy games or things that you like to do in your spare time?

16 Responses to “MAGIC: The Gathering at the Trough”

  1. jenna critch says:

    Magic!! Wow I remember this game from high school which was 12-15 years ago! I had no idea it was even still around! lol. I used to love it after my boyfriend and his friends got the patience to teach me it lol.

    • Lillian Tram says:

      It’s a fun and addicting game. You definitely learn how to be patient after playing MTG. A drafting tournament could last up to 4 hours.

  2. Kizzle says:

    My nerd beats your nerd since I played D&D BOOM. While Magic was getting popular I was addicted to the Pokemon GB games. I remember playing it during class all the time in high school

    • Lillian Tram says:

      I’m not sure if being a NERD should be a competition. I’m happy to find more cute, nerdy ladies out there. Nerd POWER!!!

  3. Kimberly M. says:

    LOL NERD Power :P. Sadly, I was also involved in “Magic” in my high school days. I didn’t fully understand the game, but it was always fun to find a card that was soooo valuable lol.

    • Lillian Tram says:

      It’s nice to see someone, especially a girl, appreciate the game of Magic. I get really excited when I see a valuable card after opening a booster pack.

  4. Haley Johnson says:

    I’ve actually never heard of this game but you’ve all got me really curious now lol. I even asked my boyfriend about it and he just started laughing but didn’t really tell me anything. It must be pretty nerdy lol.

  5. Jordyn Sheppit says:

    My boyfriend STILL plays Magic! 😛

    • Lillian Tram says:

      Your bf is a cool fella.

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        Hey, that post leaves me feeling foohisl. Kudos to you!

  6. Andy Kehler says:

    Well, my question is… do they have this game available to play online or is it still just with cards? I haven’t been able to find Magic anywhere. The only search results I get are “magic gems” or “magic jewels” which are both fun, but still.

  7. Carly says:

    I work in software development and geekery never goes out of style when you program for a living! 🙂 Plus it’s a great way to get together with friends.

  8. Amanda Townsend says:

    I’m a pretty pig nerd myself. And now I’m wondering if anyone caught that I said pig nerd instead of big nerd. I think I just proved myself.

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