1. Joe
    Joe December 3, 2014 at 9:45 pm | | Reply

    I’ve been playing this game since I was 16 and I’m now 27. I also remember a store owner sitting me down and coaching me after a big failure night. It meant a lot to me that he would take the time to do that, and I think that’s a big reason I got into the game. It’s a really great group of people with a huge mutual interest. Everyone’s welcome, any age. I think when I was 16, I really needed a group of people I could be with where I could be myself.

  2. Tyler
    Tyler December 3, 2014 at 10:05 pm | | Reply

    I played Magic when I was younger, and have since picked up similar card games in recent years. While there are tiers of skill and being the newcomer to a whole pastime of jargon can be intimidating, I’ve also come to appreciate that having a common language can open up doors to new relationships and communities. That was the case when I got interested in tabletop games in general, and then into the nested communities that form around each game in particular.

  3. John
    John December 3, 2014 at 10:49 pm | | Reply

    The best thing Magic ever helped me do was convince my mother, who’d wanted to visit Alaska ever since she was a little girl, that it was time to go. There’s an annual cruise for Magic: The Gathering fans where tournaments happen on the “at-sea” days. Most years it goes to the Caribbean, but in 2012 it went to Alaska.

    It gave me the opportunity to pick up the phone and tell my mom, “No more excuses. You’re going.”

    We went. She cruised up the Inside Passage, saw Mendenhall Glacier, and watched whales feed. It was state #49 for her, and now we’re planning Hawaii, state #50.

    It’s just one of the many reasons why I feel blessed to have the game as part of my life.

  4. Dick
    Dick December 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm | | Reply

    Impenetrable game to me.
    Intrigued (and a bit concerned) that so many “Get it” when I simply can’t.

  5. Hilton
    Hilton December 6, 2014 at 9:56 pm | | Reply

    There a million overlapping worlds in this world. Thanks for giving me a peek into this one.

    Great production quality, by the way.

  6. Seth Kerin
    Seth Kerin January 10, 2018 at 2:22 pm | | Reply

    I picked up Magic in high school more than 20 years ago. Now at 40, I still play and go to large tournaments and occasionally even the Book Garden. For me it is a family game (my father, girlfriend, nieces and nephews all play). It is also a way to feel comfortable around people in ways that I otherwise can’t. For example, a couple years back I took my girlfriend to Las Vegas for her first large tournament. Turns out it was also the largest tournament in history with nearly 10,000 people! I never have felt comfortable in large groups, but to be in a room with 10,000 plus other people with whom I could interact, with whom I share an interest, and to truly feel that sense of community is unlike any other feeling. Magic is not only a fun and strategic game, but a way for people to get together, make new friends, share ideas, and laugh. Magic is now 25 years old and shows no signs of going away. For any who don’t play, find your local FNM (that’s Friday Night Magic) and give it a try. Most folks are friendly and will be glad to answer questions and help you get started.

    Local FNMs can be found at Quarterstaff Games (in Burlington), Tinker and Smithy (Middlebury), Black Moon Games (Rutland and in Lebanon, NH), The Book Garden (in Montpelier of course), Pixel and Bricks (Randolph), Dark Tower Games (St. Johnsbury) and I’m sure there’s others that I can’t think of.

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