Magic Monday on Tuesday

If anyone else is still dragging and lethargic because of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, you’ll understand why I was a bit too out of sorts to post my thoughts on my first Magic the Gathering lesson with Cam. 

My first lesson went … well, not bad.  Cam grabbed a couple of free starter packs at a local hobby store, white and black.  He explained there are white, black, green, red, and blue cards.  These cards are divided between lands, creatures, artifacts, enchantments, and oh, I’m sure I’m missing something.  Some cards are more rare than others.  Each color has it’s own strengths and weaknesses, which can be combined with other colors for an optimal deck.

As Cam explained it, players are plainswalkers, battling against eachother.  He did a walk through of a short game, breaking down each action in the turns. First action is untap, which is basically resetting any lands tapped during the previous turn.  Then, upkeep, where it seems abilities or cards can be activiated.  Next is draw a card to add to your hand.   Then, you begin playing cards.  I realize I’m simplifying this greatly, as there seem to be substeps in each phase.  It also seems to me that the more lands you have down, the better.   The creatures, abilities, and instant cards are played and used in combat by tapping the lands cards.

You begin wtih 20 points at the beginning of the game.  The object is to knock your opponent(s) to zero.  At this point, combat and the scoring was a bit confusing for me, because, you know, I can’t math.  I’m sure I’ll catch on with a few more games under my belt.

I was particularly worried about rules constantly changing in the game.  I was warned that this happens by someone else who failed to learn the game years before.  I didn’t find that to happen at all, but the game was a simple one of white vs black cards.  I didn’t dare ask him to play the green deck that he continues to painstakingly build and change.

I am still interested in continuing these lessons, as long as he continues to play Zelda with me.  I probably won’t go as far as watching the Magic tournaments with him.  He still quickly turns those off when I get home.



Magic Mondays – The Beginning

Cam is thrilled to announce Magic Mondays.  What is so special about Magic Mondays?  Well, he’s going to teach me how to play Magic the Gathering.  After much resistance, I finally gave in.  Every week, I’ll have a lesson, which I will share on here.  I’ll apologize ahead of time.  I really know nothing about it.  There was a compromise.  I get to teach him about something I love to do.  The only problem is I haven’t come up with anything yet.

He’s already dreaming up a “deck” for me.  I have no idea what that means.  I have no idea what I’m getting into.  I wonder if he has been planning this since we met.  I’ll forewarn you.  The lessons will start out very basic.  After all, the only things I know about it are that it is a card game, Cam has boxes and boxes of cards, and the cards can get expensive.

I tried to do some research online ahead of time, but I always get so distracted by other things, like looking at houses.  While Cam browses cards, I browse for houses.  We officially started house shopping.  I love looking at homes.  Having been through the process before, I am a bit more reserved in my excitement than Cam.  It’s a new experience for him.  He looks at houses the same way I look at pets at the Humane Society.  “I really really want this one!”

House hunting is fun, but can be quite stressful sometimes.  I thought this would be a good distraction once we delve into all the paperwork that comes with house buying.  I’ve been through it before.  Cam has not.  I remember the disappointment of losing a beautiful house to another buyer, or waiting for what felt like an eternity for the appraisal to come through.  So, while I’ll try to guide him through that process, he’ll teach me a thing or two about another world entirely.

At some point, we’ll also do more board game reviews on this blog.  There is an April A-Z Challenge I would like to try, but I fear I wouldn’t be able to commit to 26 entries in April, even if I started now.  In participating in my own way, I’ll post board game reviews A-Z, although more slowly than those officially participating in the challenge.  If all goes well, we’ll be deep into the house buying process–perhaps moving into a new one.

See I got distracted again.  So, back to Magic….anyone have any advice for a newbie?