MAGIC: The Gathering at the TroughWritten 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?