The nature of most CCG’s, Magic: the Gathering included, is that as your stack o’ cards grows and your experience with the mechanics of the game increases, so too do the opportunities for crazy shenanigans, regardless of the format you’re playing. But what happens when those shenanigans take a turn from the cheeky and fun into the realm of the cruel and tragic? You end up wrecking the game, and not just for your opponents.
Anyone who has ever witnessed me in a gaming environment knows that I lean…heavily…towards the competitive side of almost any game I play. Imagine my surprise then when I realized that my favorite Magic: The Gathering format to play wasn’t the ultra-competitive Standard Constructed format, the favored son of the frothing tournament scene, but rather the casual Commander multiplayer format (formerly known as EDH, or Elder Dragon Highlander among MtG veterans).
Close enough. Look at that handsome devil. You can almost hear the Scottish burr.
Much like Imaginary Wars has developed from an idea into a store over the past year, Kyle’s personal blog has begun its evolution into a staging ground for not only his ramblings and ideas, but for those of the entire Imaginary Wars crew. As such, you’re going to start noticing a few guest postings popping up on the blog over the next few weeks and months.
My name is Scott, and many of you know me from my presence in the gaming community or, alternatively, as the face at Imaginary Wars that ISN’T Kyle. My gaming history began with board games while working with Kyle at Great White, and has grown to encompass miniature wargaming as well as collectable card games.
While you’ll see the occasional wargaming article from me, my focus is largely going to be on the collectable card game side of things. I’ll be posting a series of articles collectively and tentatively titled ‘Casual Magic’ on Mondays to the Imaginary Wars blog dealing with the collectable card game Magic: The Gathering. Magic has become a focus of mine in the past few months as I’ve sought to feed my gaming addiction with a casual pastime that fits more comfortably with my school schedule, and I feel the game has a lot to offer all kinds of gamers.