The Magic the Gathering Podcast

This issue: Rodrigo talks all about Magic the Gathering, and gets Stephen hooked on the card game that has been around for over 15 years.


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Magic: The Gathering (colloquially “Magic”, “MTG”, or “Magic Cards”) is a collectible card game created by mathematics professor Richard Garfield and introduced in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast. Magic is the first example of the modern collectible card game genre and still thrives today, with an estimated six million players in over seventy countries.[3] Magic can be played by two or more players each using a deck of printed cards or a deck of virtual cards through the Internet-based Magic: The Gathering Online or third-party programs.

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  1. I walk into the white tent on College (UK version of High School) and go “What am I supposed to do with these, tell their fortunes?”. The M: TG players just stare at me blankly.

    Maybe if I built a Walking Eye it would change things.

  2. I listened to this and the one thing that stood out? Heroclix! I know it’s in Limbo right now, but I was wondering if you’ve ever covered Heroclix in one of your podcasts (normal or “bonus”)?

    Since Matthew seems to be the one holding them, I’m wondering how his collection of Legion of Super-Heroes is looking? I’ll have to send in a photo of my figs: Mon-El, Dawnstar, Matter-Eater Lad, Element Lad, Bouncing Boy, and Bouncing Girl…er, I mean Dream Girl…

  3. This podcast brought back a lot of memories of playing M:TG back in the early days. I got into it during the release of 3rd Edition/Revised right at the end of ‘The Dark’ only managing to get my hands on a single pack of that expansion.

    Only Antiquities, Legends, and Arabian Nights had preceded that as expansions. ‘Fallen Empires’ was my first full experience with an expansion, and it was always my favorite. I had a real love of swarm decks made possible with Thallids and Thrulls. There was nothing quite like attacking with 20 or 30 1/1 creatures while your opponent tried to figure out what to do with them.

    I played M:TG up through ‘Weatherlight’ when most of my playing group had moved away to have their adult lives. Sold my cards when I was saving up money to buy my house, but listening to you guys play made me wish I’d hung on to a few decks, just in case…

  4. Wow explaining M:TG to someone who does play without actually having the cards to show them is like trying to explain a computer to a caveman who has never seen one.

    Nice try guys but this was by far the worst Podcast yall have ever done. Playing a game and explaining how the game is going would have been much better.

  5. I got into M:TG about the same time as Bruce, but unlike Bruce I still have my many thousands of cards and keep about half a dozen decks made “just in case”.

    After listening to this podcast I called up my friend and suggested we get together for night of M:TG and Necromunda this Friday night!!

    I really really enjoyed this podcast and would love to hear more like it.


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