Big hello from a newcomer

Discussion in 'New & Returning Members' started by boogiepop, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. boogiepop Member

    Hi everyone!

    I'd just like to start by saying that I think it's great that a place like this exists and tip my hat to those who have made it what it is. I look forward to chatting with you guys.

    A little bit about myself:
    I'm a returning player who dropped the game shortly after the release of Exodus (I started during Revised/Fallen Empires) and haven't really played since. I lost interest as I saw more and more people bring competitive decks to my comic shop for casual play. If they were cool, it probably wouldn't have bothered me but most were unfriendly asses. To me, Magic was completely a kitchen table affair, where it was fun to pull a Gaea's Liege from your hundred-card deck and laugh when your Lord of the Pit was doing your opponent's work for you. I eventually recognized that what I considered real Magic was not in line with the opinions of the majority and simply left it at that, eventually selling a decent chunk of my (humble) collection years later.

    Fast-forward to a year or so ago. I saw Duels of the Planeswalkers on X-Box Live Arcade and thought "Hey! I can maybe relive some of the good times with this!" Well, it was fun for a little while, but only really created this huge itch that begged to be scratched. Sadly, everyone I played with long ago either doesn't live in my area anymore or simply isn't interested in dusting off the old collection. I'm not too optimistic about finding like-minded individuals at my local hobby shop either (I took a peek in to scope the place out and the unabashed geekery of the clerk made me grimace).

    And that brings me here. I'm curious to know how you all manage to keep the game fun and entertaining without having to worry about metagames and tiers and all that baloney. I'm also interested to know how you primarily play (as in locally or via the internet). I may not be interested in Gaea's Liege as I once was, having (I like to believe) become more sophisticated myself over the years but if you can show me how to get back into the game and get a genuine feel of camaraderie and casual fun, (without breaking the bank) I would be most obliged!

    Anyway, sorry for the long introduction and thanks in advance to all repliers! :)
  2. Mooseman Isengar Tussle

    We;lcome to the boards. Jump right in and post anything that comes to mind. Check uot our games area and see how we play. we have every thing from one on one games to multi player games to a league type thing going on.
    Most of us don't play a whole lot of competitive games, but we enjoy the "kitchen" table type.
    Myself, I play in a monthly (when I can) IRL game that is very casual and once in a while with friends, mostly multi-player stuff that keeps the net decking to a minimum.
    I offer to play anything you are interested in, since here we can play with any cards, it's on the honor system, but what is the use in cheating when you are playing for fun, The fun of victory and the fun of losing in spectaular or mundane fashion.
    Spiderman and I are going through almost all the pre-con decks and playing a game called mindmaster.
    We also have some non-magic games and conversations.
    I hope you find what you are looking for.
  3. turgy22 Nothing Special


    In addition to playing games here on the forum (which tends to be very slow), you can also play online for free using a number of different programs. The problem with those, however, tends to be the same that you had at the hobby shop. People use highly competitive decks in every game.

    I have an account with Magic: the Gathering Online, if you decide to check out that program for playing. You can download it free from the WotC official MTG website, but you have to pay for cards you collect in the game (just like in real life). If you ever decide to give it a try, I'll be happy to hook you up with some commons and we could set a time to play.
  4. boogiepop Member

    Thanks for the warm welcome, guys!

    I just took a peek around the game boards to see what you meant, Mooseman. Looks pretty cool! I'd be very interested to get a game going... especially multiplayer. I managed to sucker my brother (alas, only once) into trying two-headed giant with me on Duels of the Planewalkers and loved it. I find that when I have a partner or partners to work with, the team-work aspect becomes my focus rather than the opponents. Anyway, it will probably take me some time to get accustomed to your format (I'm so terribly easy to confuse :p ). I may also be a little slow with the rules as it's been a long time. I apologize in advance for the coming goof-ups.

    I thank you very much, turgy22, for your generous offer. I may be leaving for S. Korea in a month or two, however, and the time difference would make it difficult to set up times that are sane for the both of us. I'd totally feel like a jerk taking cards and then not being able to play after such a short time-span. I bow to your awesomeness, however, for offering.
    Since it's implied though, I have to ask: Does Magic Online have a casual community, unlike the free programs you mentioned?

    Thanks again guys! :D
  5. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    Welcome aboard!

    I lack a real life playgroup so I get my fix here on the boards, as Mooseman mentioned. Whenever you feel ready, we can jump into some games, either Constructed (I have a few "old" decks) or Limited format, like the Mindmaster format. If we get enough people interested in Two-Headed Giant, I'm up for that or we could start a new "General" format (the proper name escapes me for now).
  6. turgy22 Nothing Special

    Without getting into the whole "casual" debate, I'll just say that that term varies greatly depending on who you talk to. MTGO is very segmented, so you really need to know your formats to find a group of like-minded players. There are definitely casual players out there, but they can be hard to find since there aren't any real restrictions on decks, as long as you meet the basic criteria for playing a particular format. So what happens is you go to a room defined for casual decks and people bring highly competitive decks into those rooms, which can be extraordinarily frustrating. If you play there a lot (which I don't anymore), in time you'll find people that you enjoy playing against regularly and can go seek them out for games. But if you're just jumping in, it can be a pain getting your butt handed to you in every game before you start finding decent opponents, especially if you aren't keeping up with the new sets.

    I don't know if that's clear. I guess I rambled a bit, but my view of the MTGO community is hard to describe. Basically, I'd play there more if I already knew the people I'm playing against. Otherwise, it's too much trouble trying to find those people.
  7. boogiepop Member

    @Spiderman - That'd be great! I'd be up for most anything, new cards included. I can always just grab the decklist for one of the precons if I need something that meets any criteria (suggestions more than welcome). Also, I think I'm getting how things are done after browsing a couple of matches, so I'm ready to rock!

    @turgy22 - Perfectly clear... thanks! I guess I can understand segmentation in the community given the lifespan and number of releases of the game.
    * Ahh, wanted to write more but gotta run. My sister's having a baby and I need to watch her three year-old!
  8. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    We do precons too (or Intro packs depending on the expansion). Tell me what you want to start with and I'll start a thread in the Games Run forum.
  9. boogiepop Member

    I would be most appreciative if a two headed giant could be set up. Preconstructed or otherwise, it doesn't matter to me. Whatever you believe would be most fun and popular with the forum members.
  10. turgy22 Nothing Special

    I'd be in for a 2HG precon game. Or non-precon, as long as I don't have to actually construct a deck myself.
  11. Mooseman Isengar Tussle

    Another thing is that since this is vitrual, you can use Magic Apprentice or Magic Suitcase to keep your decks and games or I use excel to do all the work (since I usually have multiple games going and I like programming VBA)
    If you need assistance with any of these things, people here can help you.

    I will also be up for a game.... Spidey and I both have played a lot of the pre-cons.
    Let us know when you are ready
  12. boogiepop Member

    I've got a big interview tomorrow but after that, I'll be ready. It'll all be over about 24 hours from the time of this posting.
  13. Mooseman Isengar Tussle

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  15. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    Are precons set up to do 2HG? They don't seem to have a lot of cards...

    but let's do Innistrad precons 2HG unless someone has another objection. I'll set up a thread.
  16. boogiepop Member

    Sounds good. Also, scratch my previous statement; I'm ready now. The school I was supposed to interview with has had their budget deferred and therefore (understandably) cancelled.
    My luck seems to run one way...

    I'll can take whatever is left after you guys pick decks.
  17. Mooseman Isengar Tussle

    Doesn't matter if two pick the same pre-con.

    @Spidey: Is this gonna be 2HG? Where are those deck lists again..... yes, I am lazy.... :)
  18. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    Yeah, it's 2HG... I'll get the deck lists...
  19. Ransac CPA Trash Man


    Normally, I'd give my long welcoming spiel, but I have a court order that prevents me from mentioning the super secret administrative spa where Spidey keep the midget porn or the like. So, I will welcome you with this.

    *Ransac reaches into his pocket to get something, prompting a panic from the rest of the group. Spidey tackles Ransac while Mooseman starts punching him into unconsciousness. When Ransac goes limp, they reach into his pocket on only find a "Get well soon, Grandma" greeting card. Spidey looks confused..... but he always looks confused.*

    Ransac, cpa trash man

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